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Taiwan welcomes increase in tourists from the mainland
Updated: 2012-12-18

Thanks to the growing number of travel policies in cities on the mainland, it is now much easier for people living in Beijing and Shanghai who don’t have a residence permit to travel to Taiwan.

According to a new Ministry of Public Security policy, as of Sept 1, certain non-residents and college students in the cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Chongqing, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen -- cities with large “floating” populations – can apply for a visa or permit to visit Taiwan without having to return to their home of record to apply.

And, an eight-day trip to Taiwan costs only around 4,000 yuan ($642) on average, a modest price that could make the famous landscapes of Taiwan more attractive to mainland tourists. In fact, by the end of the year, the number of mainland tourists visiting Taiwan is expected to increase 20 percent over the same last year period.

Edited by Lin Hong, Chen Chen and Roger Bradshaw