Old Times on the Qiantang River.

September 4, 2010

Whenever i pass the 1000meter long bridge above Qiantang River, i try to stop and catch a glimpse of the different pace of life drifting on surface level. Despite the fact that the river is 4 times wider than Thames, the traffic here is relatively slow to zero, peace and quite for the floating roamers that travel trough the brown water, a total contrast from the honking war on the pavement of the bridge. Some photos from a line of barge ships that passed while i was returning home. Title is paraphrased and borrowed from a book by Mark Twain, Old Times on the Mississippi, were he described his experiences as a steam boat pilot. Another interesting fact is that the river has the biggest tidal bore in the world with wave height reaching a maximum of 8.9meters. Surfing freaks have tried to tame it but nobody managed to stay upright for more than 11 seconds. There is even an annual festival to watch the wave, called: International Qiantang River Tidal Bore Watching Festival… on the 18th day of the eighth lunar month.

When the tide approaches, the sight of its mighty surge has been compared to the sight of ten thousand horses racing side by side across an open plain. The height of this special tidal wave can reach 9 meters. Its earthshaking sound rumbles across the water like muffled thunder, its crushing force eerily reminiscent of that of an avalanche which gains speed as the momentum of its cumulative weight propels it forward.

description from chinatravel.com


2 Responses to “Old Times on the Qiantang River.”

  1. Katerina said

    Σου έχω πεί πόσο μ’αρέσει αυτό που κάνεις με τις φωτογραφίες? Που τις ενώνεις χωρίς κάποιο κενό. Έχει πολύ καλό αισθητικό αποτέλεσμα. Ασε που απο μόνες τους είναι καταπληκτικές!
    Για πές το και ελληνικά, πότε ακριβώς είναι δηλαδή αυτό το φεστιβάλ παρακολούθησης παλοιρριακού κύματος?

  2. kamikazzzi said

    Ψιλομπερδεύτικα με το φεγγαροημερολόγιο, θα ρωτήσω κανα συνάδελφο. Θέλω να το δώ αλλά θα γίνετε πανικός.

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