Poem appreciation: Watching Qiantang River Tide
Every year around the Mid-Autumn Festival, when the Qiantang River's tidal bore is at its maximum force, visitors gather to take a glimpse of the power of nature. [Photo provided to China Daily]
The poem was written by Zheng Banqiao in 1932 as he watched the Qiangtang River tidal bore in Hangzhou.
Zheng compared the tide to a roaring dragon. He watched the tip of the tide standing side by side with surrounding mountains and also visualized ornamented buildings and shining armors from the rolling waves
He mentioned that local residents sacrificed pigs to the god of rivers hoping that this would calm the waves.