Tide Bore Watching Park
The Tide Bore Watching Park is located in the southwest of Haining City in Zhejiang Province, 45 kilometers away from Hangzhou and about 160 kilometers away from Shanghai. The bore watching park is one of the best places for watching the famous Haining tide and it’s also one of the top ten tourist attractions in Zhejiang Province. Every year, a large number of tourists flock to the park and watch the spectacular Haining tide wave. Haining tide occurs twice a day with an interval of 12 hours.
Every year, there are about 120 days available for watching the magnificent tide every year. The spring tide usually occurs in the first and the fifteenth day of the month according to the traditional Chinese calendar, 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. 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 1,360-meter-long bore watching park covers a total area of 16.24 hectares, containing a variety of landscape which embodies the culture and history of tide bore and the traditional custom of watching tide bore. Besides the tide stations and buildings for watching tide, there are a few scenic spots that have been listed as the state-level key units of cultural relics protection. For Example, the Fish Scale Sea Wall, which was built 1,700 years ago, has been celebrated as one of three major projects in ancient China together with the Great Green Wall and Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal. Zhan’ao Pagoda (占鳌塔) with the height of 40 meters, is a loft-style pagoda built in the Song Dynasty and rebuilt in the Ming Dynasty with a history of over 380 years. It was built in order to calm down the Qiantang River. Each year, numerous tourists ascend to the top of the pagoda and have a magnificent view of the Qiantang Tide as well as the outlook of the whole ancient town.
In history, quite a few literati who had been to The Tide Bore Watching Park wrote a large number of poems in praise of its perfect scenery and unique position for watching the tide, making the park well-known to more people.