Beijing’s attempt to punish Taiwan by curbing tourism from the continent does not have much impact. Taiwan set a new tourism record last year by successfully courting visitors from the rest of Asia.
Tourists agitation on the square at the base of “Taipei 101.” The skyscraper, with its characteristic bamboo shooting design, was the tallest building in the world until 2009 and is a must-see for every tourist visiting Taiwan.
As a group of young Korean women try to take a selfie with the emblematic 500 meters high in the background, Vietnam travelers line up for a group photo and tourists from mainland China hunt their tour guide at Elevators that send them to the observation deck on the 89th floor.
They pass by a group of men and women in bright yellow shirts, who sit cross-legged on the pavement, meditating. They are activists of the Falun Gong religious movement, whose supporters are persecuted in the People’s Republic. Every day, they expect tourists from mainland China, holding great signs of protest to denounce the alleged human rights violations of the Beijing government. Most Chinese look at them surreptitiously, for fear of being watched by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Confrontations like this with Taiwan’s freedom of speech have been accepted by the Beijing government since it began sending tourists to Taiwan nine years ago. Before 2008, there were not even direct flights between the mainland and the island, which Beijing considers a renegade province.
But the situation has undergone a dramatic change in a few years, with the number of visitors from mainland China soaring to four million a year. The Taiwanese government, at that time in favor of Beijing, hoped to strengthen its tourism sector, which was rather small compared to other destinations in Asia. Beijing, on the other hand, was interested in expanding its economic influence in Taiwan. Both sides welcomed the increase in the number of tourists as a visible sign of a new policy of “détente”.
Imposing restrictions on tourism !
Nevertheless, the atmosphere reversed completely last year, with an increasing number of people in Taiwan criticizing what they saw as the easing of their mainland government.
After the opposition’s victory in the last elections, Taiwan’s new president Tsai Ing-wen, which was inaugurated in May 2016, refused to recognize Beijing’s Chinese policy. Since then, the authorities of the People’s Republic have tightened the screws on Taiwan at various levels. He tried to isolate the Taiwanese government on the international stage and sent his aircraft carrier to the Taiwan Strait.
Bug impact on Tourism
It has also had an effect on tourism. Last year, for example, the number of visitors to Taiwan from the continent decreased to 3.5 million, down 18 percent from the previous year. Group travel was particularly drastic, down one third since Tsai took office. Beijing has never stated that it is trying to hinder tourism in Taiwan specially with the Digital Communication. But as the Chinese authorities determine the number of tour groups, they also have the power to reduce their flow to Taiwan.
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