Eight out of ten residents in Longyan are inclined to travel to Taiwan this summer thanks to more convenient visa applications, according to statistics from local travel agencies, people.com.cn reported.
Starting on April 18, all residents of Longyan can take individual tours to Taiwan, after the city was approved for individual Taiwan tours last month.
The move will increase communication between the two places and promote each other’s tourism, said an official from the tourism bureau in Longyan.
More than 7,000 people in the city have inquired about Taiwan tours at local travel agencies as of March 13.
Longyan is a famous for the Hakka culture and an important ancestral homeland for Taiwan people. Figures show that there are about 5 million Hakka people in Taiwan, more than 700,000 of whom have family origins in Longyan.
In 2014, the number of Taiwan visitors to Longyan increased by 33 percent compared with the previous year.
So far, residents from 47 mainland cities can visit Taiwan on individual tours. Mainland visitors can stay in Taiwan for a maximum of 15 days.