Crowds gather to watch massive tide

Friday, September 20, 2013 - 4:03pm

Tens of thousands of tourists gathered at Laoyancang Breakwater Dyke in Haining City of east China's Zhejiang Province to watch the spectacular surging Qiantang Tides on Friday.

The tide formed on the Qiantang River at 09:50 on Friday morning, traveling all the way through the tide-watching spots of Daquekou and Yanguan, and finally arrived at Laoyancang at about 12:45.

Some days ago, the tides were once higher than a three-floor building at Laoyancang under the effect of Tropical Storm Trami, and injured some visitors.

This time, the water submerged the banks of the 648-meters-long and 9.2-meter-high dyke completely, stirring exclamations among the tourists out of excitement.

For the safety of the tourists, the local security department installed protective barriers formed of huge rocks and steel fences.

Laoyancang spot is also famous for the tides turning backwards. After being hindered by the dyke, the tides on the river turn backwards and form eddies, which fascinated tourists.

According to the local tourism administration, there were about 80,000 tourists traveling from across the country to watch the Qiantang Tides each day during the three-day Mid-Autumn Festival break this year.

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