Taipei, May 19 Taiwan's college students have mixed views about the government's plan to permit independent tourists from China to visit Taiwan,
The president said he is open to different viewpoints and asked for opinions from the students about the measure, which will help lift the current daily Chinese tourist entry quota from 3,000 to 4,000 people, meaning that more visitors from China, including independent tourists, can enter Taiwan per day after the opening, slated for late June.
1..One student suggested that the government accelerate its pace of opening. "Regardless of the relationship between Taiwan and China, Chinese tourists should be treated as fairly as those from other countries, " he said.
"We should not set a limit on the number of Chinese visitors simply out of fear of China's united front tactics. The coming of Chinese tourists with purchasing power will also benefit Taiwan, " he added.
2. Another of the students, however, voiced concern that Taiwan is not yet fully ready to accommodate more Chinese tourists.
"Taiwan should be cautious about wider opening to Chinese tourists and should take the quality of travel it can offer into consideration," she said.
3. Echoing her view, a student from Macau said it would be better for the government to implement the opening in a step-by-step manner."Although a larger number of Chinese tourists visiting Taiwan will help boost the local economy, on the other hand, they might cause trouble in Taiwan's public order by running red lights or jaywalking, " she said, citing her experience of Chinese tourists in Macau.