Annual tourist gathering goes fatal

Viewing the tidal bore has become an annual tradition for residents, attracting hundreds of visitors each year in Qiangtang River in Haining, in east China’s Zhejiang province.

The astonishing natural phenomenon, which is an abrupt uprising of river water, happens when the moon’s gravity influence tides from the sea, moving them upstream, resulting in the bore. Despite the authorities warning onlookers to stand back from the river bank, many failed to listen to the advice (no surprise here since they are chinese) and end up trying to out-run the wave when it heads towards them.

Bores only occur in a few locations throughout the world, usually in areas with a large tidal range and where incoming tides are funnelled into a shallow, narrowing lake or river.

China’s Qiantang River boasts the largest bore, up nine metres and travelling up t0 40 kilometres an hour.

I have been to China 3 times and I just have to write this, based on  my personal experiences and the above event:
I do not understand why many people in china fail to listen to instructions. This is visible on airplanes, train stations, in any crowd, shopping malls to just name a few places and situations. They see the “Fasten Seat Belt” sign on landing but they still un-clip their belt to head for the exit – dude, the plane is still taxing into the docking bay.  You guys must relax, the time of one piece of loaf on the market is over. Mao is dead you do not need to defy him anymore the instructions and rules in society are good ones, they make us all get about our business without pushing and placing others in danger.

3 thoughts on “Annual tourist gathering goes fatal

  1. Nick Kellingley

    Wonderful photos, it’s amazing to me that someone would willingly stand in the way of that – it scares the life out of me just looking at it on the screen.

  2. Aaron Harmon

    That is just crazy! It seems much crazier than trying to outrun bulls in Spain! Anyway, it gives me a little heads up before my trip to Beijing in 3 weeks! Any advice?

    1. Trailsurfer Post author

      Yes, I have one advice. Learn to say Bu yao. It means “no thanks” and “go away”. You will used this all the time 🙂


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