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Shipping route between Chinese mainland, Taiwan sees festival return rush

(Xinhua)

09:00, January 30, 2012

FUZHOU, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- A shipping route across the Taiwan Strait experienced a post-holiday travel rush starting Sunday, with Taiwan residents spending the Spring Festival holiday on the Chinese mainland beginning to make their way home.

The average daily passenger volume between the Mawei port in the mainland's city of Fuzhou and Taiwan's Matsu has tripled since the festival ended, said Li Qiang, an official from a border checkpoint in Fuzhou.

Li said the number of people traveling along the route is expected to increase over the next few days, as returnees will combine with tourists from the mainland who are visiting Taiwan.

The Fuzhou border checkpoint is now working to keep passenger clearance waiting times below 25 minutes, Li said.

According to a source from the local transport authority in Fujian province, 17,600 passengers crossed the Taiwan Strait between Jan. 23 and 27.

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