After a three-year hiatus, the direct transport link between Quanzhou in Fujian Province and Kinmen is back on track. Ferries will run two round-trips a week, starting with a morning departure from Quanzhou and a successful first journey from Kinmen.
As part of the “three mini links,” this ferry service connects mainland China and Taiwan through trade, postal, and transport services. With a history of safely transporting over 1.39 million passengers, this route has been a convenient option for travelers since 2001.
But in 2020, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authorities suspended the services, hindering cross-Straits exchanges. However, in response to the travel needs during the Spring Festival, the DPP partially resumed the ferry service from Xiamen to Kinmen and from Fuzhou’s Mawei district to Matsu.
Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council reported that 5,169 passengers have taken advantage of the resumed service so far. Meanwhile, Zhu Fenglian, spokesperson of Taiwan Affairs Office, condemned the DPP for obstructing cross-Straits exchanges and urged them to restore normal operations.
The mainland, guided by the belief that people on both sides of the Straits are one family, remains committed to promoting cross-Straits relations and delivering benefits to Taiwan compatriots. Song Tao, head of the Taiwan Affairs Office, expressed this sentiment during a meeting with Andrew Hsia, vice chairman of the Kuomintang party (KMT).
Join the reunion of families and friends as the Quanzhou-Kinmen ferry service sets sail once again!