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Thousands of Chinese tourists affected by Suhua Highway closure

Thousands of Chinese tourists affected by Suhua Highway closure

Taipei, May 7 (CNA) The travel itineraries of about 150 Chinese tour groups were delayed Tuesday following damage to the Suhua Highway, which leads to major eastern Taiwan scenic spots that are popular among Chinese tourists, according to the Tourism Bureau. The road closure, due to damage to a tunnel located at the highway's 169.9-km mark caused by falling rocks a day earlier, affected the travel plans of an estimated 3,600 Chinese tourists, a bureau official said. "Incidents like this hurt tourism," said Chen Chiung-hua, deputy director of the bureau's Hotel, Travel and Training Division. It was the second forced closure this year for the accident-prone Suhua Highway due to weather damage. The highway is scheduled to reopen May 9. In the wake of an accident in 2010 when landslides triggered by Typhoon Megi killed 26 people, including 19 Chinese tourists, the highway is currently being upgraded. The full project is estimated to cost NT$46.5 billion (US$1.6 billion) and is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. The Suhua Highway, built into cliffs above the Pacific Ocean, links the counties of Yilan and Hualien and is part of Highway No.9, which stretches from Taipei in the north to the southernmost county of Pingtung. (By Lee Hisn-Yin)


Updated : 2021-05-14 08:30 GMT+08:00