On July 9th, the Dandong China International Travel Service launched a special program that allows Chinese tourists to visit the DPRK without even taking along their passports.
The tour, costing only 350 RMB, departs from the border city of Dandong and brings tourists across the border to the scenic city of Sinuiju. Tourists need only bring their ID cards and apply for an entry permit at Dandong. Then, after passing border inspections in North Korea, tourists may wander around a 30,000 square meter large tourism zone, reports the Beijing Morning Post.
Once inside, they may enjoy traditional music or dance performances, purchase local specialty products or even explore the city of Sinuiju on bus.
Since launching, nearly a thousand tourists have participated in this tour. The head of the tourist company told Xinhua that after further development, the company expects around 10,000 tourists per day during peak seasons.
Let’s hope that the Chinese tourists don’t continue throwing candy to North Korean children like they were “feeding ducks” or snatching bewildered kids for photo-ops. Just think, it was only a couple of years that North Korea was trying to move away from its reliance on Chinese tourists. What in the world happened?
By Amy Yang
[Image via fj.china.com.cn]