Qiantang Tide (Haining Tide)

Last updated by  at 2017/5/15

Qiantang tide, also called Haining tide, is the world’s famous natural landscape and the wonder of the world, attracting a large number of tourists from home and abroad to flock to Hainning to watch the spectacular Qiantang tide every year. The custom of watching Haining tide dates back to the Han Dynasty and prevailed in the Tang and Song dynasties.

Qiantang tide, the most spectacular tide in China with the highest point of 9 meters, advances at the speed of 10 meters a second while the tide is surging forward. Its magnificent momentum is just like the sight of a large number of horses advancing side by side with a noise like thunder. The cause of the formation of the magnificent Qiantang tide is not only due to the lunisolar attraction, but also related to the trumpet-like mouth of Qiantang River.

In recent years, Haining Government has attached much importance to the further development of the precious and distinctive tourist resource. Thus, the environment for watching Haining tide has been greatly improved and the historical sites there have been renovated a few new scenic spots are built, extending the cultural connotations of tides and attracting a large number of tourists from home and abroad. Besides, the grand International tide watching festival has been held every year since 1994, further promoting the development of tourism in Haining.

The Best Time to Watch Qiantang Tide

Haining tide occurs twice a day with an interval of 12 hours. The spring tide usually occurs in the first and the fifteenth day of the month according to the traditional Chinese calendar, with the tidal range of about 8.5 meters, especially during the days from the first day to the fifth day of every lunar month and the days from the 15th day to the 20th day of the lunar month. Thus, there are about 120 days available for watching the magnificent tide every year. Besides, the International Qiantang River Tidal Bore Watching Festival, held annually from the 16th day to the 19th of the eighth lunar month in Hainning, containing a variety of large-scale artistic performance and the exhibition of traditional folk custom, is one of the highlights of the spectacular Haining tides.

The Best Places to Watch Qiantang Tide

1. Yanguan Town: The seawall in the southeast of Yanguan Town in Hainning County of Zhejiang Province has been regarded as the most excellent place for watching Qiantang Tide. Yanguan Town is situated in the north of Hangzhou Bay where Qiantang River empties and the International Qiantang River Tidal Bore Watching Festival is also held in Yanguan Town on the 18th day of the 8th lunar month every year.

2. Babao: Babao, located about 8 kilometers away from the east of Yanguan Town, is recognized as the fantastic place to the watch the extraordinary sight of the tides’ highest point coming into collision.

3. Laoyancang: Laoyancang, situated about 12 kilometers away from the west of Yanguan Town, is the place to watch “the returning of the Tidal Bore”.

The schedule of 2010 International Qiantang River Tidal Bore Watching Festival (from September 20th to 28th, 2010)



Traditional Chinese calendar

Time of Solar tide

Time of Evening tide

September 20th

The 13th day of the 8th lunar month



Sep. 21st


The 14th day of the 8th lunar month







The 15th day of the 8th lunar month





Sep. 23rd  


The 16th day of the 8th lunar month








The 17th day of the 8th lunar month







The 18th day of the 8th lunar month






The 19th day of the 8th lunar month







The 20th day of the 8th lunar month








The 21st day of the 8th lunar month





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1. The best time to watch Haining tide is on the 18th day of the eighth lunar month and tourists should arrive there and wait for the coming of the tide 40 minutes in advance.

2. As Haining is quite near to Shanghai and Hangzhou, the traffic between these cities is convenient. Thus, tourists who don’t want to spend the night in Haining can go back to Shanghai or Hangzhou after watching the tide.

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