For many people who've grown up on the Chinese mainland, Taiwan represents Treasure Island. The thought of a trip there is tantalizing something just beyond reach. Now thanks to the improved cross-Straits ties, the inaugural mainland tourist group will soon arrive on the beautiful island.
Previous difficulties in cross-Straits communications created an aura of mystery about Taiwan for many mainland residents. And from the mystery came appeal. It's hardly surprising that nearly all mainland residents can name a few of the island's scenic wonders, such as Mount Ali and Sun-Moon Lake. But so much more awaits tourists from the mainland.