Self-guided China tourists to be allowed in early July


TAIPEI — Premier Wu Den-yih said yesterday that Taiwan will begin allowing independent Chinese tourists to travel in the country no later than July 1.

Speaking after a meeting with small and medium-sized business representatives at a tea party in Taipei, Wu said the actual date still needs to be discussed but could even take effect as early as June.

According to Wu, China’s National Tourism Administration Chairman Shao Qiwei and the local tourism industry are hopeful that Taiwan can start welcoming independent tourists from China as soon as possible.

At the moment, tourists from China can only enter Taiwan as part of a tour group.