First 50 individual travelers from Guangzhou to arrive


BEIJING–Fifty-eight individual travelers from China’s Guangzhou province will arrive in Taiwan today, the first day residents of the Chinese city will be allowed to enter Taiwan without having to be part of a tour group, the Taipei-based Taiwan Strait Tourism Association said.

Guangzhou is among six Chinese cities to be newly included in Taiwan’s individual traveler program, launched in the middle of last year, which allows Chinese people to visit the country on their own.

In the first 10 months of the program, only residents of Beijing, Shanghai and Xiamen were eligible to enter Taiwan as individual travelers.

From April 28, however, residents of the cities of Tianjin, Chongqing, Nanjing, Guangzhou, Hangzhou and Chengdu will also be able to participate in the program, according to the Mainland Affairs Council, Taiwan’s main China policy planning agency.

The program will be further extended later this year to residents of Jinan, Xian, Fuzhou and Shenzhen.