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Tidal bore at Qiantang river

09-26-2010 08:58 BJT

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Every year during the Mid-Autumn festival, the world's largest tidal bore hits the Qiantang River in east China's Zhejiang Province. The spectacular scene draws tens of thousands of people from both home and abroad. This year, as usual, it gave a thrilling experience as to the power of Mother Nature.

The low but powerful sound from the horizon suggests the arrival of the world's largest tidal bore on the Qiantang River.

The upcoming tide forms a wave that travels up a river or bay, against the current. The one in Qiantang was 9 meters high, and travelled at 40 kilometers per hour.

To have a better view of the spectacular scene, 150-thousand people from both home and abroad line the river's banks.

A visitor said, "I came from Jiangxi province. This is my first time to see the tidal bore. I came here early in the morning."

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