Kinmen flooded with Chinese tourists during Golden Week break

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Kinmen flooded with Chinese tourists during Golden Week break

Taipei, Oct. 12 (CNA) An estimated 16,542 tourists from China visited Kinmen during the Oct. 1-8 "golden week" holiday, according to a Taiwan immigration official.

More than 4,000 Chinese tourists per day traveled to Kinmen via the "mini-three links" Oct. 1 and Oct. 2, according to Chen Xiang-lin (陳祥麟), senior executive officer of the National Immigration Agency's Kinmen County service center, reaching a record high for the eight-day holiday.

Kinmen Tour Souvenir Association Board Director Lee Yu-chang (李翌漳) said that local travel agencies were excited to see so many Chinese nationals visiting the offshore county's tourist attractions.

There were fewer than 1,000 visitors from China per day prior to the golden week holiday, which encompassed both the Chinese National Day holiday and the Mid-Autumn Festival, said Lee.

Major shopping sites such as Wind Lion Plaza and Everrich Golden Lake Plaza were flooded with Chinese tourists.

The week-long holiday was started in 2000 by the Chinese government in an attempt to boost domestic tourism, which also saw millions of its people heading for neighboring Taiwan and Hong Kong.

(By Huang Huei-min and Isabel Wang)

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