From the Xinhua News Network:
They came; they saw; and they planted seeds of hope for improving mutual understanding across the Taiwan Straits.
More than 400 mainland tourists – part of the 750-member inaugural mainland tour group to Taiwan – ended their 10-day tour yesterday, marking a completely successful start for the historic tourism program
“All of us felt a close connection with people across the Straits, although we have lived apart for such a long time,” mainland tourist Wang Xiuyun said. “What we need most is regular exchanges to develop a better mutual understanding of one another.”
Local media said the first batch of mainland tourists spent at least 1.3 million U.S. dollars in Taiwan, a helpful contribution to the island’s sagging economy. It is estimated that hosting 3,000 mainland visitors daily would bring in 60 billion Taiwan dollars (1.97 billion dollars) annually.
Previous coverage from the Telegraph.