By Erik Crouch
Bridge under construction, via Wikipedia
Construction is underway on a new bridge spanning the Yalu river and connecting China and North Korea. The bridge crosses from Dandong, China, into Sinujiu, DPRK, and hopes to boost trade between the two countries. Dandong is already one of the most DPRK-connected cities in China, and is a hub for Chinese exports of technology, agriculture, and consumer goods, and for North Korean exports of refugees.
The new Yalu river bridge will replace the current Sino-Korean Friendship bridge, which was constructed in 1937 and now serves primarily as a tourist destination. The antiquated bridge has an AAAA rating on China’s “Tourist Attraction Rating Categories” (the second highest possible value) and even has English-language reviews on Trip Advisor, such as:
Just another bridge and you can’t cross it without special permit
Good for the historical value, but expensive and boring.
The new Sino-Korean bridge certainly has some big shoes to fill, but China is anxious to get more inroads to the land of Sexiest Men and unicorns, while North Koreans are certainly excited to enhance trade with a country that has everything else.