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High speed rail pass to go on sale on China travel site

BEIJING--One of China's biggest online travel agencies will soon begin selling Taiwan high-speed rail passes as the island prepares to welcome more individual Chinese tourists, China's Nanfang Daily reported yesterday.

Ctrip.com, which provides discounted travel services to over 14 million members, will cooperate with Taiwan's ezTravel in offering the high speed rail pass to “tap into the market of individual travelers to Taiwan,” the report said.

Chinese nationals can already book the pass through a number of travel agencies, according to Taiwan High Speed Rail Company, and Ctrip.com will give consumers an additional online outlet through which they can buy the pass.

The three-day and five-day passes, priced from 525 Chinese yuan (US$83.15), allow ticket holders to take trains on the high-speed rail line within the designated time periods as many times as they want and between any of its eight stations, the report said.

The pass, which offers passengers savings of roughly 30-50 percent from regular fares, is available to all foreign nationals who reside outside of Taiwan.

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