Date: Feb 12, 2016
By: Staff Writer, with CNA
The Presidential Office Building has grown in popularity among Chinese tourists visiting Taiwan.
Since President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) opened Taiwan to Chinese tourists in July 2008, two months after assuming office, the number of Chinese visitors to the building, located on Ketagalan Boulevard in Taipei, increased from 5,965 in 2008 to 44,353 in 2012.
Between January and November last year, the building attracted 127,144 visitors, 44,471 of whom were from China, far higher than the 8,171 visitors from Japan and the 1,470 from Hong Kong and Macau, according to Presidential Office data.
Many members of Chinese tour groups told her after visiting the building that they wanted to come back when they travel to Taiwan as independent tourists in the future, so that they can appreciate the beauty of the building at a slower pace, volunteer tour guide Ko Chiao-mei said.
The building is open to visitors from 9am to noon every day from Monday to Friday, free of charge. [SOURCE]