The Bore Tides of the Qiantang River

For hundreds of years, on the eighth month of the lunar calendar, people have gathered along the shores of China’s Qiantang River at the head of Hangzhou Bay to witness the waves of its famous bore tide. Higher-than-normal high tides push into the harbor, funneling into the river, causing a broad wave that can reach up to 30 feet high. If the waves surge over the banks, spectators can be swept up, pushed along walkways or down embankments. Below, I’ve gathered images from the past few years of the Qiantang bore tides.

Read more
Hints: View this page full screen. Skip to the next and previous photo by typing j/k or ←/→.

Most Recent

  • Andrew Caballero-Reynolds / AFP / Getty

    Photos of the Week: Royal Ride, Shattered Glass, Road Bison

    Swimming in Mallorca, mountain art in Switzerland, protests against racism and police brutality across the United States, a coronavirus recovery in Spain, fashion in Kenya, and much more

  • Win McNamee / Getty

    American Protest: Images From the Past 24 Hours

    Photos of demonstrations in nearly two dozen cities—a snapshot from the seventh day of a nationwide protest movement

  • Niklas Halle'N / AFP / Getty

    Photos: The Works of Christo

    With the passing of artist Christo, yesterday, at the age of 84, a look back at some of the enormous installations created by Christo and his wife and partner Jeanne-Claude.

  • Charlie Riedel / AP

    Missouri: Images of the Show Me State

    A few glimpses of Missouri’s landscape, and some of the animals and people calling it home