On Nov. 2, 1987, then-president Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國) from the governing Nationalist Party removed the barrier between Taiwan and China today by announcing that Taiwan residents would be allowed to visit relatives on the mainland.
The governing Nationalist Party lifted the 38-year-old ban on travel to China would for humanitarian reasons, for there were ten of thousands veterans took to the streets in white shirts that read "We Miss Home." Some of them cried because they missed their mothers in mainland.
Taiwan's citizens had eagerly awaited the decision to lift the ban, particularly the two million people who followed the late Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek to Taiwan. At that time, Taiwan’s GDP was almost equivalent to China’s, and Taiwanese visiting China were treated as “gods of wealth and fortune.”
Video/Edit: I-Hwa Cheng