China to allow solo tourists to Taiwan
China will allow its citizens to visit Taiwan individually in a pilot scheme being launched in Q2 this year. The China Daily reported Shao Qiwei, Chairman of the Cross-Strait Tourism Exchange Association (CTEA) and head of the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA), as saying that residents in several cities, including Beijing and Shanghai, will be included in the trial. Currently mainland Chinese tourists can only travel to Taiwan on tour packages with a maximum length of stay of 15 days. Since the easing of cross-Strait travel restrictions in July 2008, more than 1.8 million mainland tourists have visited Taiwan.