Independent tourist arrivals from China hit new high in 'golden week'

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Taipei, Oct. 11 (CNA) More than 60,000 independent tourists from China visited Taiwan during the Oct. 1-8 "golden week" holiday, the highest number in six years, according to data released Wednesday by the National Immigration Agency (NIA).

The NIA statistics showed that 61,908 Chinese nationals arrived in Taiwan as independent tourists during the eight-day period, which is usually called National Day golden week in China.

It was the highest number since 2011, when China began allowing visits to Taiwan by independent tourists.

The total number of visitors from China, including those in tour groups, was more than 80,000, an increase of nearly 40 percent from 2016 National Day golden week, according to the NIA.

On Oct. 1 alone, tourist arrivals from China were 18,643, a one-day record, the NIA said.

The NIA statistics also showed that during the eight-day period, a record 11,981 Chinese nationals visited Taiwan via the offshore counties of Kinmen or Matsu, using the "three mini-links" between Taiwan and China.

That number was an increase of 5,454 from last year and the highest since the "three mini-links" were established 16 years ago, according to the NIA.

(By Liu Chien-pang and S.C. Chang)

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