1st weekend chartered flight with mainland tourists arrives in Taiwan

2008-07-04 00:29:39 GMT       2008-07-04 08:29:39 (Beijing Time)       Xinhua English

TAIPEI, July 4 (Xinhua) -- The first cross-Strait weekend chartered flight from China's mainland to Taiwan landed at Taipei Taoyuan airport early Friday morning.

The historic flight, which took off at 6:31 a.m. from Guangzhou, capital city of China's southern Guangdong Province, arrived at about 8:10 a.m. after a 1,124-km journey.

More than 100 mainland tourists aboard the Airbus A330 of China Southern Airlines (CSA) became the first group of people on a sight-seeing tour allowed to Taiwan amid warming cross-Strait ties.

Another four weekend chartered flights, taking off Friday morning from Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing and Xiamen respectively, are on their way to Taiwan.

A total of 760 mainland tourists across the mainland are on the unprecedented journey to Taiwan and will stay there for 10 days.

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