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CHINA - North Korea border


Location - Asia; Capital - Beijing; Population - 1.3 billion; Currency - Yuan MORE CHINA

The Pyongyang-Beijing train stops for a few hours on either side of the Yalu River for border formalities. I got off on the Chinese side of the river at Dandong - February 2011.


chinanote1Chairman Mao Zedong on the 5 Yuan note

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china170Outside the train station stands an larger than life statue of Mao Zedong, though nowhere near as large as the Kim Il Sung statue in Pyongyang - Dandong

 

 

china164Chairman Mao is virtually pointing straight at my hotel room - Dandong

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china166Chinese lanterns line are evident for Chinese New Year - Dandong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china171Lights, lights and more lights was the first thing I noticed in Dandong, having just crossed the border from North Korea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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china174Hawkers sell perfume, biscuits, sweets and snacks outside the train station - Dandong

 

china177Lanterns adorn lampposts throughout the city to celebrate Chinese New Year, known in China as the Spring Festival - Dandong

 

 

china179Tesco supermarket is a bit of a British institution - Dandong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china180 A monument in Yalujiang Park overlooks the Yalu River - Dandong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china182The Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge spans the Yalu River (or Amnok River in Korean) to connect China with Sinuiju in North Korea - Dandong

 

 

china183The Friendship Bridge looks most impressive at night when it's lit up and changes colour. Notice how dark it is on the North Korean side; it's virtual darkness in Sinuiju once the night draws in - Dandong

 

 

china192Running alongside the Friendship Bridge is the Yalu River Broken Bridge - Dandong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china188The Broken Bridge was destroyed by the US in the Korean War - Dandong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china194China repaired their section; North Korea didn't and so it now the Broken Bridge stands as a monument to the war - Dandong

 

 

china200Seats of a ferris wheel in Sinuiju can just about be made out on the North Korean side (photos of Sinuiju are on my North Korean pages) - Dandong

 

 

china196The Broken Bridge comes to an abrupt end halfway across the Yalu River - Dandong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china189The Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge on the left; the Broken Bridge on the right - Dandong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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china205Good views of Dandong riverfront can be had from the Broken Bridge

 

 

china206I went to the top floor of one of the fancier hotels so I could look down on the river and catch a glimpse of Sinuiju - Dandong

 

 

china207A closer look at Sinuiju, North Korea's border town on the Yalu/Amnok River - Dandong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china213Fancy lights in Yalujiang Park - Dandong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china215Along the Dandong riverfront are the blue lights of a luxury hotel and an arched bridge which links to a small island also on the Chinese side - Dandong

 

 

china219The Yalu River is known as the Amnok River in North Korea - Dandong

 

china217A docked ship on the North Korean side of the Yalu River at Sinuiju - Dandong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china220A few chimney stacks in Sinuiju - Dandong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china223There didn't seem to be much activity on the North Korean side of the river - no people on the river banks, no smoke from the chimney stacks and none of the cranes in operation - Dandong

 

 

china224This industrial section had no signs of life either. But there's life at the train station and further inland (see my North Korea photos) - Dandong

 

 

china227And as far as I know the ferris wheel hasn't turned for a long time - Dandong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china234Peering across the river to Sinuiju, North Korea - Dandong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china229There's many souvenir stalls strung along Yalujiang Park, selling North Korea currency and traditional women's dresses. People also play the equivalent of hacky-sack with a large shuttlecock (called jaegi chagi in Korea) - Dandong

 

 

china237Ginseng roots which resemble the human form are apparently more expensive - Dandong

 

 

china23825km outside Dandong is a section of the Great Wall of China - Dandong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china240This section is known as Tiger Mountain Great Wall, built during the Ming dynasty - Dandong

 

 

china246Climbing the Wall affords great views of North Korea on the opposite side of the Yalu River and of a distant Dandong

 

 

china242This photo shows North Korea on the right of the Yalu River.
Yibukua - or 'one step across' - is visible (see later) - Dandong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china250A poster in the Great Wall's museum, located right on the North Korea border - Dandong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china255What not to do at the North Korea border - Dandong

 

 

china257Though this walking trail parallel to the border is always easy to follow, the actual border with North Korea becomes a bit vague at one point as the river dries up. Stick to the path! Dandong

 

 

china258Another reminder of where you are - Dandong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china260Keep following the border trail via a steep trail up and over the rockface - Dandong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china264When the ice melts it's possible to have a little boat ride along the Yalu River - Dandong

 

 

china267This is Yibukua - 'one step across' - which is a very narrow section of the river dividing North Korea from China - Dandong

 

 

china270A messy backstreet on the way to the US War Museum (at least it's 'on the way' if you're lost) - Dandong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china272A memorial outside the Museum to Commemorate US Aggression, which details the role of China and USA in the Korean War - Dandong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china273A close up of the memorial - Dandong

 

 

china276Peng Dehuai, leader of the Chinese People's Volunteer Army, meets with Kim Il Sung, leader of North Korea during the war - Dandong

 

 

china278These girls each wanted a photo with me so I repaid the favour - Dandong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china282This guy doesn't need the bridge. Walking on ice in Dandong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china283Outside the War Museum in Dandong

 

 

china284On the move again, this time from Dandong to Harbin via Shenyang

 

 

china155..But first I'll throw in a couple of photos of Beijing.
I flew to the Chinese capital and had a few hours to kill before I headed to Pyongyang.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china156The Chinese New Year celebrated in February 2011 brought in the year of the rabbit -Beijing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china157A building entrance in a Beijing alley, known as a hutong (the alleys are known as hutongs, not the buildings)

 

 

china285The entrance to the Japanese Germ Warfare Experimental Base - 731 Division - Harbin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china286Unit 731 was used by the Japanese before and during WWII to carry out brutal medical experiments on Chinese and Koreans - Harbin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china459The Star of David remains on top of the former synagogue in Harbin

 

 

china451The pedestrian walkway through Stalin Park - Harbin

 

 

china449The Flood Control Monument, next to the Songhua River, is dedicated to those who have died in Harbin's floods

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china378Zhongyang Dajie is Harbin's main shopping thoroughfare.
Note the trailers full of snow - if it doesn't melt sometimes you gotta move it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china383There were a few makeshift bars just off Zhongyang Dajie and strangely the only one serving Chinese beer was the British 'pub'. It sold Newcastle Brown Ale as well - Harbin

 

 

china452The February daytime temperature in Harbin hovered around -20°C so a horse and cart on the frozen Songhua River is safe enough

 

 

china456Even cars drive on the river - Harbin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china454Parts of the river are turned into an ice skating rink - Harbin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china455And so to the reason I visited this area of the world in the depths of winter - Harbin's Snow & Ice Festival. This is a snow sculptured Buddha on the Songhua River - Harbin

 

 

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