Thu, Nov 18, 2004 - Page 16 News List

Stunning Kinmen lures visitors from China


A delegation of tour operators to the Taiwanese island of Kinmen has traveled to the southeast Chinese province of Fujian to attract Chinese tourists to the island.

The delegation, headed by opposition New Party Legislator Wu Cheng-tien (吳成典), will discuss with Fujian authorities on technical details regarding the opening of Kinmen to tourists from Fujian.

The Fujian provincial government has promised to allow its residents to make sightseeing trips to Kinmen -- which is just a few kilometers away from Fujian and around 250km from Taiwan proper -- via the direct "mini three links" route soon.

Wu said the delegation will push the Fujian government to honor its promise as early as possible to help boost Taiwan Strait civilian exchanges and Kinmen's tourist industry. The delegation is composed of representatives of travel agencies, hotels, tour bus companies and restaurants.

Kinmen is currently a hot spot to visit because of the Bunker Museum of Contemporary Art exhibition that is ongoing and features works from local, Chinese and international artists.

Kinmen is famous for its knives made from the shellcasings from the war between Taiwan and China, the beauty of its landscape, its unspoiled beaches and Kaoliang liquor.

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