CHINA has expressed condolences to the families of eight Taiwanese tourists who died when their boat capsized in the Three Gorges.
A spokesman for the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office yesterday said: 'We feel very sorry that eight Taiwanese and three mainland compatriots died in the boating accident.
The victims drowned on Sunday when their vessel, carrying 26 people, hit a rock in Shenlong Creek, a tributary of the Yangtze River, and capsized.
Their relatives, accompanied by a Buddhist priest and four officers from the Kaohsiung Association of Travel Agents, yesterday identified the bodies in Enshi, Hubei province.
They abandoned plans to travel 200 kilometres and mourn at the accident site.
Instead, they paid tribute to the dead in Enshi.
Hubei officials said yesterday the accident was mainly caused by 'rough water'.