As the famous Qiantang River tide will come on Friday, the local
government has taken to erecting many safety notices around viewing
stations in Hangzhou, east China's Zhejiang Province.
According to the Zhejiang-based newspaper Today Morning Express,
the safety notices were formally released by Cai Qi, Mayor of
Hangzhou on September 16.
Local government staff
members install safety notices at a tide viewing site in
Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province on Monday, September
The notices have been placed at many tide viewing sites in order
to alert visitors that the rushing tide can be dangerous if people
are caught unawares. It's best to listen to the advice of local
police officers, who are there to ensure people's safety.
Qiantang River is the biggest in Zhejiang Province, running from
the west to Hangzhou Bay in the east. The extraordinary surging
tide of Qiantang River is a world-renowned natural wonder caused by
the gravitational pull of the atmosphere. The centrifugal force
produced by the rotation of the earth and by the peculiar
bottleneck shape of Hangzhou Bay makes it easy for the tide to come
in, but difficult for it to ebb.
The soaring tide of Qiantang River is such a marvelous spectacle
that only the Amazon River's surging tide rivals it! Annually,
millions of people from both home and abroad flock there to watch
the magnificent tide on the eighteenth day of the eighth lunar
month (close to Mid-Autumn day).
(CRI September 26, 2007)