Taiwan's New Chinese Tourists

They toured the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, snapped pictures at the Lungshan Temple and wandered through the National Palace Museum, with its imperial art treasures from Beijing's Forbidden City. The 13 tourists were, in fact, not much different from millions of others who visit Taiwan. But their trip last month was historic. They were the first citizens of mainland China allowed to visit Taiwan as tourists in more than 50 years.

The visit, made possible when Taiwan decided in November to open the way to mainland tourists (only a few, including those on business or affiliated with trade delegations, were allowed...

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