Fujian Cross Strait Ferry – is a relatively new passenger-cargo destination that connects Pingtan County in Fujian Province and the Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung. The crossing is operated by a modern HaiXia ferry, which can accommodate 760 passengers and about 250 vehicles. This route is an alternative means of crossing the Taiwan Strait for residents in southern Taiwan.
The Fujian Cross Strait Ferry first ran in 2019. This route significantly reduces the time it takes to deliver fresh produce from the island of Taiwan to stores on the mainland. The high-speed catamaran «Hai Hia», which was built in 2002, stands out in the company's fleet. It was built in aluminum alloy designed for saltwater applications.
On the ship, passengers will have plenty of opportunities for entertainment and relaxation. There is a restaurant, gift store, children's playground and several lounges on the open deck. The passenger cafe is equipped with a TV that shows movies, TV shows and a regularly updated map with the ferry coordinates.
In addition, the ship is equipped with a lounge with padded seating and portholes. Because the ferry is popular with locals, tourists need to book tickets at least a few days before the trip.
The high-speed catamaran «Hai Hia» belongs to the mixed type (passenger and cargo). Cars are loaded onto the ship one at a time, into the center section through a special loading ramp at the tail end. The passenger deck is on top of the cargo deck, and it is on this deck that the restaurant, seating areas, and playroom for children are located. Passenger deck is on top of the cargo deck.
The Fujian Cross Strait Ferry runs across the Fujian Strait between Pingtan, Taipei and Taichung. It connects Pingtan in Fujian Province with the Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung. The journey takes about four and a half hours. Check-in is an hour and a half before departure, and it is best to make reservations two to five days in advance.
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