Holidaymakers flock to Xiaoliuqiu at start of long festival weekend

Focus Taiwan
Date: 10/01/2020
By: Kuo Chi-hsuan and Ko Lin

Courtesy of the Coast Guard Administration

Taipei, Oct. 1 (CNA) Visitors on Thursday arrived in droves at Taiwan's offshore Liuqiu Island, commonly called Xiaoliuqiu, on the first day of the long Mid-Autumn Festival holiday.

The number of passengers departing from Dongliu Ferry Terminal in Pingtung County's Donggang had surpassed 10,000 as of 2 p.m. Thursday, Coast Guard Administration (CGA) statistics showed.

According to the Southern Branch of CGA, controls were ramped up at the Dongliu terminal to prevent ferry operators from carrying too many passengers, while reminding people to wear masks amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chi Ching-sheng (冀慶生), who manages the Taifu ferry service between the two destinations, said he anticipates the number of passengers to increase significantly on Friday.

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