The tourism bureau in Taiwan
says a record 2.6 million
mainlanders visited the island
last year, an increase of 45
percent from 2011. Visitors
from Hong Kong and Macau
totalled about one million in
2012, up 24 percent from the
Taiwan has seen a dramatic influx of visitors from mainland China since the island's government lifted a ban on mainland tour groups in 2008 and further allowed in solo tourists from mid-2011.
The mainland has replaced Japan to become the biggest source of visitors to Taiwan
and mainland tourists are among the biggest shoppers on the island, spending
more than Tw$85.7 billion last year, the government data showed.