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  1. Long list of don'ts for solo visitors

    Posted Jul 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... and don'ts being issued to solo mainland tourists in Taiwan. To prevent this new class of mainland tourists- who are not part of group tours- from 'getting into trouble' during their brief visits to the island, Taiwanese authorities have issued 11 taboos for them to observe. The restrictions, issued after Taiwan lifted its ban on visits by solo mainland tourists late last month, ...

  2. Taiwan to admit solo mainlanders

    Posted Jul 08th 2010, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei Mainland tourists will be able to travel to Taiwan on their own from next year, in yet another sign of warming cross-strait ties. The plan, announced by Taiwanese ... in a landmark trade pact late last month. Mainland tourists have been able to visit the island since 2008 as a result of ground-breaking talks between the two former rivals, but only in tightly ...

  3. Building bridges

    Posted Jun 05th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Measures that have or will be adopted by Ma Ying-jeou's government to improve cross-strait ties Senior officials can visit mainland on case-by-case basis Mainland tourists can use credit cards in Taiwan by end of August Mainland tourists can convert yuan into new Taiwan dollars by end of next month Taiwanese funds to be invested in mainland shares before end of this month ...

  4. Taiwanese banks offer first yuan exchange since 1949

    Posted Jul 01st 2008, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... banks with 1,240 branches started the potentially lucrative business island-wide yesterday to prepare for the arrival of mainland tourists, 750 of whom are expected to arrive on Friday ... papers. The central bank, which gave the approval for the exchange service, said that to help mainland tourists obtain Taiwanese currency, 40 hotels and 15 department stores were also included ...

  5. Thousands expected to rush for 600 places on first Taiwan tour

    Posted Jun 12th 2008, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... Anita Lam in Guangzhou Tens of thousands of mainland tourists are expected to compete for 600 places on the first direct tour to Taiwan, set to depart next month. Travel agencies may start ... About 5,000 mainland tourists enter Taiwan every month on indirect tours- going first to a foreign country, usually Thailand or the Philippines- so that they can qualify for a visa to visit ...

  6. Mainlanders go home after railway crash

    Posted May 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Lawrence Chung More than 30 mainlanders- injured tourists and some relatives of those who died in an accident on a scenic railway in southern Taiwan last month- returned home yesterday. They were the first family members and tourists from the tour group to leave Taiwan following the Alishan train accident that killed five mainlanders and injured 84, along with 29 other people, ...

  7. Tourist held over theft of medal

    Posted May 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei lawrence.chung@scmp.com Taiwanese police said yesterday that their mainland counterparts had arrested an elderly tourist from Heilongjiang province accused ... nationalist forces to Taiwan after their defeat by the communists in 1949. Quemoy has become a popular destination for mainland tourists due to its location less 2 kilometres from Xiamen. Taiwanese ...

  8. 'I am the first, I have waited for this moment for 18 years'

    Posted Jul 05th 2008, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... out, she said she could not wait to look around Taiwan. It was a day of firsts for many mainlander tourists, thanks to warming ties following talks between Taipei and Beijing last month. Out ... Satellite TV based in Fujian province, was among the beaming mainland tourists waving to the crowd of officials and reporters watching the historic event. She tried three times to report ...

  9. Business - Money

    Chinese to become biggest spending tourists

    Posted Aug 27th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Mainlanders are poised to become the biggest-spending overseas tourists, writesTania Branigan Wanders never cease Mainlanders are on the verge of leapfrogging the Germans and Americans ... on average less than Western tourists, the number of travellers means the total is high- and rising. Mainland travellers overseas spent US$54 billion in 2010 and US$72 billion last year, compared ...

  10. Relatives hold ritual for train-crash victims

    Posted May 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei The bereaved families of five mainland tourists killed in a train accident in southern Taiwan last week recited Buddhist sutras to comfort their souls during ... asked that the Taiwanese authorities allow them to ship the bodies back to the mainland for burial, officials from the Travel Agent Association of the Republic of China, Taiwan, said. ...




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