Taipei, March 11 (CNA) A Taiwanese online travel information service platform targeting Chinese independent travelers began operations Tuesday. Laibaodao.com offers Chinese tourists information and data about travel in Taiwan, said its Taipei-based founder, eDynamics Inc., an electronic commercial services provider. The site provides information on where to eat, stay, shop and sightsee on the island, and serves as a social networking platform where users can ask questions, give answers and exchange opinions about travel in Taiwan, eDynamics said. According to the company, the number of independent Chinese travelers to Taiwan surged 174 percent from 190,000 people in 2012 to 522,000 this year. "Do it yourself" touring has become more and more popular among Taiwan-bound Chinese visitors, eDynamics said. Laibaodao means "come to Taiwan" in Chinese.
(By Chang Chien-chung and Elizabeth Hsu)