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Middle-aged, elderly form bulk of Chinese tourists to Taiwan

Middle-aged, elderly form bulk of Chinese tourists to Taiwan

Taipei, Aug. 25 (CNA) Middle-aged people and senior citizens have formed the bulk of the more than 4 million Chinese nationals who have visited Taiwan for pleasure since the country's doors opened in 2008 because of their "Taiwan complex," according to an industry insider. The "Taiwan complex" refers to the special attachment people in China have to Taiwan, where the late President Chiang Kai-shek and his troops fled after losing a civil war to the communists in 1949. The number of Chinese tourists visiting Taiwan has grown year by year, and they are mainly middle-aged or elderly because of this special attachment, Pai Chung-jen, president of the Taiwan-based Certified Travel Councilor Association, told China's Xinhua News Agency. The Xinhua report said that at the 17th China Northern Tourism Trade Fair that opened Friday in Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi province, a 77-year-old Taiyuan citizen named Niu Hong admitted to longing to visit Taiwan. "I wanted to go there a long time ago. When my husband gets better next year, we'll go together," the report quoted Niu as saying. According to Mainland Affairs Council statistics, 3.98 million Chinese nationals had visited Taiwan for pleasure as of the end of June this year since Taiwan opened its doors to Chinese tourists more widely in July 2008. Chinese tourists made 990,000 visits to Taiwan in the first half of 2012, an increase of 66.5 percent compared with the same period last year, the Taiwan-based Taiwan Strait Tourism Association said. (By Tzai Su-chia and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-08-05 07:44 GMT+08:00