Fishbone-shaped sandbank in China is falsely shared as the Red Sea in Egypt!

The viral video doesn't show Red Sea from Egypt. Actually it shows, the fishbone-shaped sandbank located at Qixia village of SE China.

Claim

In the Red Sea in Egypt, there’s always this passage that appears twice a year due to high and low tides. Some people believe that Moses and the Israelites in the bible took advantage of the low tides to cross the Red Sea and that it was not a Miracle. What are your thoughts on this?

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Explanation

The brief 15-second clip features a narrow passageway between the enormous turquoise waters. Numerous people can be seen strolling along the narrow stretch of land that separates the intermittently splashing water. This post is shared with a claim “Red Sea passage appears twice a year.” This viral post is captioned “In the Red Sea in Egypt, there’s always this passage that appears twice a year due to high and low tides. Some people believe that Moses and the Israelites in the bible took advantage of the low tides to cross the Red Sea and that it was not a Miracle.” You can view related posts with similar claims here, here, and here.

What’s the truth?

When we started analyzing every keyframe of the viral video it led us to multiple reports. According to Xinhuanet.com, the featured image shows tourists walking on a sandbank in Qixia Village of Dongshan County, southeast China’s Fujian Province. This image matches the visuals of the viral video clip. The article states, “The sandbank became a popular scenic spot for its fishbone-like shape, attracting thousands of tourists and bringing incomes of about four million yuan (about 565 thousand U.S. dollars) to the village each year.”  Also, the article carried different views of the same location which also shows many people walking along the narrow strip of land in between the aqua blue waters.

When we advanced our search it took us to a YouTube channel New China TV which uploaded a 52-second video about this fishbone-shaped sandbank in SE China’s Fujian located at Qixia village. According to the video, “The sandbank looks just like a fishbone. The tide goes out from the east side and comes in from the west side. This then forms whirlpools that gather grit and sand. During peak season, thousands of tourists venture out onto its far reaches. This natural phenomenon has helped boost the income of local fishermen. Last year, the attraction helped generate a revenue of more than 4 million yuan.”

This same news was also covered by a Chinese-based news agency namely, China Plus Culture. You can view the video below.

The location depicted in the viral video is from China, not Egypt, as the viral claim suggests. This is evident from the information provided above.

Conclusion:

So, we conclude that the widely shared video, which claims that the Red Sea passage occurs twice a year, is wholly untrue. The video is unrelated to Moses or Egypt. In actuality, the film depicts a fishbone-shaped sandbank in Qixia village, Fujian, in southeast China.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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