Taipei, March 1 (CNA) New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu visited outlying Kinmen County Saturday to get a better understanding of the county's tourism operations and seek more cooperation. Chu, leading a delegation of city officials, was accompanied by Kinmen Magistrate Li Wo-shi on visits to various tourist attractions such as the Peace Memorial Park and the Shuitou port, which operates the "mini-three links" routes linking Taiwan with Xiamen and Quanzhou in China
's Fujian Province. The "mini-three links," established 13 years ago, have grown significantly, transporting more than 10 million travelers as of September last year, Chu noted. Kinmen also serves as a transit stop for Chinese tourists flying to Taiwan, Chu added. Chu expressed hope that some of these visitors could visit New Taipei through tourism cooperation. In return, New Taipei will also encourage its international visitors, especially those from Japan
, to visit Kinmen, Chu said.
Li for his part expressed gratitude to New Taipei, which took the lead in cooperating with Kinmen to provide integrated services involving taxes, household registration and administrative affairs. Kinmen now has similar arrangements with Taipei, Taoyuan County and Taichung, and will enter talks on the issue with Kaohsiung later this month, Li said. He expressed hope that New Taipei and Kinmen will have mutually prosperous development through future exchanges. During the trip, Chu also took part in a ceremony ahead of Women's Day, which falls on March 8, to recognize women who have made great contributions to their families.
(By Chen Shou-gow and Maia Huang)