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Chinese tourists express satisfaction with Kinmen trips

CNA , TAIPEI

Most Chinese tourists from Fujian Province are satisfied with their pleasure trips to Kinmen, with around half of the respondents showing willingness to visit the island again, according to the results of a recent poll.

The poll results released last week by the Kinmen County Government show that 75 percent of the Fujianese tourists who have traveled via the "small three links" since Dec. 7 last year were satisfied with their tours and 43 percent said they would be willing to visit again in the next five years.

Some 68 percent said that they would recommend Kinmen to their friends or relatives.

A vast majority of 85.4 percent of the respondents said they were most satisfied with Kinmen's clean streets and a similar ratio praised the good social order. Nearly 80 percent said that they liked Kinmen's weather, while others cited its landscape and the warmth of the people.

In terms of scenic spots, Mount Taiwu, the folk cultural village, the Chukuang Tower and Kinmen National Park were the most popular sites, the survey said.

The poll was conducted from March 1 to Aug. 31. A total of 603 valid replies were collected out of more than 800 that were handed out.

The Fujian Provincial Government allowed its residents to sightsee on Kinmen starting in December last year, a move widely speculated as a prelude to a full opening of Chinese tourists to Taiwan.

China has so far failed to add Taiwan to its list of approved outbound travel destinations for its citizens.

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