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Large numbers of Chinese expected to visit Kinmen over holiday

Taipei, Feb. 13 (CNA) A one-day record of 1,335 travel permit applications to visit Taiwan's outlying Kinmen County were submitted by Chinese nationals on Wednesday, according to the National Immigration Agency's Kinmen County Service Center. The figures suggest that a large number of Chinese tourists will visit Kinmen by ferry during the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday period that will start Feb. 18, the service center said Friday. The previous record for daily applications by Chinese visitors to visit Kinmen, which lies just kilometers off the coast of China, was 1,161 last October during China's national holiday season, the center said. In 2014, a total of 102,087 Chinese visitors applied to travel to Kinmen, official statistics showed. Chinese nationals have been allowed to visit Kinmen and another of Taiwan's outlying islands, Matsu, since 2001 through the mini-links -- ferry services between the islands and ports in China's Fujian Province. But they have had to apply in advance for Taiwan-issued entry permits. Visitor numbers to Kinmen may even go higher this year after Taiwan introduced at the beginning of 2015 landing permits for Chinese nationals who visit any of the outlying islands. (By Amy Huang and Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-25 23:44 GMT+08:00