Shijiazhuang, 9 September -- Question: How do couples on both sides of the strait live the Mid-Autumn Festival?

China News Network reporter Chen Lin

It's another full moon. On the eve of the Mid-Autumn Festival in 2023, Taiwanese businessman Qiu Shihua is somewhat busy. Dozens of square meters of "Fengcha Station", from time to time there are guests to visit. When he introduced Taiwanese gifts to customers, the mobile phone on the table would ring from time to time.

The shop, which he calls his "studio," is neatly displayed with nearly 100 kinds of Taiwanese goods, including tea, tea utensils and sorghum wine. Recently, three new Taiwanese mooncakes have been put up in the store and placed at the entrance. In a conspicuous position, it is a double-layer gift box mooncake, the upper layer has egg yolk pastry, earth pineapple crisp and other flavors of small cakes, and the lower layer is a round flatbread printed with the words "Flower Good Moon Full". He said that mooncake sales are okay, and only these few boxes remain.

In 2015, Qiu Shihua started a business from Taiwan to the mainland. He said that he had the idea of coming to the mainland to start a business, but he had been looking for suitable opportunities. In the same year, he met his current wife in Shijiazhuang, a beautiful girl from Tangshan, Hebei Province, in his eyes. He laughs and says it was "a big turn in his life."

In the past 8 years, Qiu Shihua insisted on staying in Shijiazhuang to "make authentic Taiwanese goods". Mainly engaged in Taiwanese tea, as well as other Taiwanese characteristic products. Hoping to "make his family's life better" through his own efforts, he is still busy this Mid-Autumn Festival.

Behind the fact that the "Fengcha Station" has been open for business is Qiu Shihua's "almost rarely rested" effort. He said that every year, the Mid-Autumn Festival and the Spring Festival are the two busiest stages of the store's business, so he always chooses to stay in the mainland for the Mid-Autumn Festival and Spring Festival. When you return to Taiwan after the Spring Festival when business is not busy, "the ticket will be cheaper."

For this year's Mid-Autumn Festival, Wu Wanling, a Taiwanese girl who has just become a mother, is particularly looking forward to it. She laughed when she said that her husband had bought a ticket from Shanghai to Kaohsiung on the day of the Mid-Autumn Festival. The two have not seen each other for months. The last time her husband flew back to Taiwan to meet her was when the child was born.

Three years ago, Wu Wanling, who worked in Shijiazhuang, met her current husband. Last year, the two spent the Mid-Autumn Festival together in Shijiazhuang, and remembered that there were "a lot of mooncakes", and she laughed happily again. Wu Wanling said that in addition to eating mooncakes in Taiwan during the Mid-Autumn Festival, she will also eat Wendan and eat barbecue.

Since the resumption of people-to-people exchanges between the two sides of the strait, love has long crossed the strait. According to statistics, there are currently nearly 40,<> marriages between the two sides of the strait.

Talking about the husband and wife on both sides of the strait, Wu Wanling said that her husband is from Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, and her ancestors came to Taiwan from Fujian, and they have the same roots as each other, "just like everyone." (End)