First visitors from China, HK, Macau visit Presidential Office

Groups of tourists from China, Hong Kong and Macau called at the Presidential Office Monday -- the first sightseers from the Greater China Area to do so, Presidential Office Spokesman Wang Yu-chi said Monday.
As of noon Monday, more than 200 people from home and abroad, including about 50 tourists from Hong Kong and Macau and a dozen from China, had visited the Presidential Office on the first day of its reopening to the public, Wang said.
People from China, Hong Kong and Macau were not allowed to visit the Presidential Office before President Ma Ying-jeou came to power on May 20. Tours of the Presidential Office had been suspended before Ma's inauguration in preparation for the ceremony.
In line with the Presidential Office's new rules, individual tourists, including those from China, are now permitted to visit the Presidential Office without making reservations, but groups of more than six members must apply for permission beforehand.
Taiwan is slated to open wider to Chinese tourists from July and to implement direct weekend charter flights between the two sides --in keeping with Ma's campaign promises.

Updated : 2021-04-15 05:15 GMT+08:00