750 set to make trip to Taiwan from China
Direct flights between Taiwan and China is a great start to the new relationship between the two lands. Before when I made my trips from Taiwan to Shanghai it would take me a whole day to get there. We would leave from Taipei to fly to Hong Kong to transfer to Shanghai. Maybe I was unlucky, but my waits in Hong Kong was always 2-3 hours long. So a simple trip from Taiwan to Shanghai would almost waste two days of your time back and forth. It was the most absurd idea, but due to political reasons, it was necessary. However, now direct flights between Taiwan and Shanghai would only take 1hr (I am not too sure about the exact flying tme) instead of a whole day.
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More than 750 people will be onboard the first direct tourist charter flights from the mainland to Taiwan on Friday, the Cross-Straits Tourism Exchange Association (CTEA) said on Monday.
Zhu Shanzhong, the association's secretary-general, told a press conference that tour groups - the first since the signing last month of a landmark agreement allowing direct flights - will fly from five cities and will be headed by CTEA Chairman Shao Qiwei.
A total of 353 people will fly from Beijing, while four other groups, each comprising 100 travelers, will leave from Shanghai, Nanjing, Xiamen and Guangzhou, Zhu said.
The Beijing group will comprise mostly members of the public, but also journalists and representatives from the tourism industry for the purpose of exchange and inspection, he said, without giving exact numbers.
The tourists will stay in Taiwan for up to 10 days, while the officials will be there for just a week, he said.