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Holiday cross-strait passenger numbers jump

Holiday cross-strait passenger numbers jump

Xiamen: Sea routes between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan have transported a record number of passengers during the Spring Festival holidays, according to local entry-exit inspection and quarantine authorities.

The three sea routes of Xiamen-Jinmen, Mawei-Mazu and Quanzhou-Jinmen have transported a total number of 23,439 passengers during the week-long holiday celebrating Chinese New Year up by over a third from last year.

The direct shipping routes have become so-called golden traffic lines between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan and act as a sign of thawing relations in this complex and tense political stand off. As of 2006, 668,000 passengers had been transported via the three sea routes.   [26/02/07]

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