Taiwan to review Chinese tourist policy in 3 months


Premier Wu Den-yih says the policy allowing individual Mainland Chinese tourists to Taiwan will be reviewed after three months.

A tourism agreement signed between Taiwan and Mainland China went into effect on Wednesday. The agreement allows Mainland Chinese tourists to visit Taiwan independently of tour groups for the first time. Previously, Mainland Chinese tourists were only allowed to visit Taiwan as part of a group.

Wu said in a Cabinet meeting on Thursday that the policy is a new milestone in cross-strait relations. He also said relevant government agencies must step up operations to enhance tourism and tourist safety. Wu said the government would conduct a review after three months to see how it can make further improvements.

Meanwhile, Wu said the National Palace Museum in Taipei — a highlight for many tourists to Taiwan — is a little crowded. He said the museum could extend its opening hours to provide better service to tourists.