Mainland residence cards issued in Xiamen
From September 1, residents from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan who have lived on the Chinese mainland for longer than six months can apply for a new mainland residence permit, according to an announcement by the State Council Information Office last month.
The residence card confers treatment that is almost the same as that accorded to mainland Chinese residents in multiple fields, including education, employment, legal aid, medical care, social insurance and vehicle license applications.
The card also offers access to distinct banking and financial services as well as ticket purchases for parks, sports and cultural venues.
Pictured are residents from Taiwan showing their mainland residence cards at a local police station. Officials estimate that more than 8,000 residents from Taiwan currently living in Xiamen will apply for the new card.
Compiled by Vivian Zhang