TAIPEI (CNA) – Chinese visitor arrivals to Taiwan increased 4.8 percent in September from the same month last year, showing growth for the second consecutive month since President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) took office 17 months ago, according to the latest statistics released by Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau.
The data showed that 222,055 Chinese nationals visited Taiwan in September, compared with 211,838 in the same month last year, which represented growth of 4.8 percent.
It was the second month of growth, as Chinese visitor arrivals increased year-on-year in August for the first time during Tsai’s presidency.
Despite the growth in September, however, the numbers remained lackluster compared with the 341,991 recorded in September 2015.
Chinese visitor arrivals to Taiwan have decreased since Tsai took office, mainly due to strained cross-Taiwan Strait relations.
In 2016, arrivals from China dropped by an annual 19 percent to 3.47 million.
Meanwhile, the China-based restaurant-review and group-buying app Dianping recently named the Taipei 101 skyscraper as the favorite attraction in Taiwan for Chinese visitors, followed by the National Palace Museum, Ningxia Night Market, and Shilin Night Market.
According to Dianping, Chinese visitors’ favorite restaurants in Taiwan are Mala Hotpot, Lin Dong Fang Beef Noodles, Addiction Aquatic Development, Ay-Chung Rice Flour Noodles, and Din Tai Fung, in that order. •
By Christie Chen and Chen Wei-ting