Lin Yuling, an individual Mainland tourist from Shanghai, said she was impressed with how courteous everyone in Taipei was, noting that compared with Shanghai, everyone here followed the rules. Lin explained that when she had studied in the US, she had hung out with Taiwanese classmates, so she got together with them last night at the Shida night market.Basically, the tourists are there to help China advance its goal of annexing Taiwan, and for the KMT to show that its engagement with China is a success. The deal between Taipei and Beijing allows 500 individual travelers to enter Taiwan per day.
Zuo Liping, another tourist and the president of a lottery investment company in Beijing, visited the National Palace Museum yesterday afternoon and then enjoyed a Taiwanese feast at the Sheraton Hotel in Taipei. Yan Ying, another tourist from Beijing, had lunch in Hsinchu and enjoyed fried rice noodles and meatball soup (gongwantang) because of their fantastic reputation on the Internet. "The food all deserved its great reputation," Yan Ying added.
Most individual Mainland tourists planned to visit places such as Sun Moon Lake, Taipei 101, the National Palace Museum, and local night markets. Moreover, two female managers, from Shanghai and Xiamen, underwent high-tech medical check-up at Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital after they arrived in Taiwan. They both stated that they were very impressed with Taiwan's medical services, adding that they would certainly visit Taiwan again.
Ye Suzhi and Ye Suzhen, two sisters, arrived in Taichung yesterday and stated in broken voices that they were in fact originally from Taiwan. However, the two sisters went on to say that after they had gone with their parents to visit their grandparents in Xiamen, Fujian Province, in 1949, they were unable to return to Taiwan because of the Chinese Civil War and had stayed in Xiamen for 62 years. The two sisters sighed, saying that the geographic distance between Xiamen and Taiwan was so short, but it had taken them "62 years to return home."
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