Direct transport between Taiwan, Fujian up a notch
CNATAIPEI--Direct sea transport between Taiwan and southern China's Fujian province has witnessed a significant increase between January and February, after Taiwan's independent travel program was extended to Fuzhou, the capital of Fujian, late last year.
February 18, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
From Jan. 26 to Feb. 15, 5,884 passengers rode the ferry across both sides of the Taiwan Strait, reported Beijing's state-run China News Service on Sunday.
In addition, 72,694 passengers had taken the ferry from the province's Xiamen, Quanzhou cities to Taiwan's outlying island of Kinmen, and from Mawei District in Fuzhou city to Taiwan's outlying island of Matsu, registering a year-on-year increase of 0.11 percent, the report said.
Also, during the Lunar New Year holiday the same routes from Chinese cities to Taiwan's outlying islands registered 26,064 passengers, an annual increase of 3 percent, according to the report.
In addition, 2,181 passengers took sea transport between Taiwan and Fujian during the holiday, the report said.
The individual traveler program, which was launched in China in June 2011, is currently limited to residents of Beijing, Shanghai, Xiamen, Tianjin, Chongqing, Nanjing, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Jinan, Xian, Fuzhou and Shenzhen.