Train from Dandong - Pyongyang.
Train ride tour from Dandong - Pyongyang is more economic then fly. And far more interesting then flying. You could enjoy beautiful and special Korean countryside view on the way from Dandong - Pyongyang.
How to come to Dandong?
There are 4 times buses from Dalian - Danodng every day. It will take around 4 hours.
Inchon, South Korea - Dandong (opens on 27th of Sep 2015)
Flight from Inchon South Korea - Dandong and return on Wed & Sun first flight on 27th of Sep 2015.
Dandong- Inchon CA701 6:45 /9:10
Inchon - Dandong CA 702 10:20/10:50
Flight From Shenyang - Pyongyang
Flight from Shenyang - Pyongyang more economic than flight from Beijing - Pyongyang.
If you would like to start your tour from Shenyang - Pyongyang please land in Shenyang from your country instead of land in Beijing.
Train from Beijing - Shenyang take around 4.30 hours. Flight from Shenyang - Pyongyang runs on Every Wed (3 nights 4 days tour ) Every Sat (4 nights 5 days tour )
Is there much cultural similarities between Dandong and North Korea, and has there been any cultural exchange since Chinese tourism and investment in NK opened up?Read Now
Before 1896 China and North Korean are Tributary Relationship. In Chinese it is called CeFeng Country.
So a lot of culture are very similar.Like some festivals are quite similar:
LUNAR NEW YEAR
(SIMILAR LIKE CHINESE SPRING FESTIVAL JANUARY THE 1ST LUNAR CALENDAR(the dates which is changed every year according to lunar calendar))
As a traditional custom,North Koreans use to greet their elders in the morning and play several folk games. Several dishes made of meat, vegetables and herbs are taken . Besides, the traditional New Year dishes such as rice cake soup, dumpling soup, pop-rice cake, glutinous rice crackers, fruit punch and sweet juice made from fermented rice are popular.
In China for lunar new year is called Spring Festival.
In China during Lunar new year people play fireworks, visiting family and relatives, make dumplings, people like to play MaJing with friends and family members. All the people like to arrive home meet with family no matter how hard they have to make the journey to home. they just want to get home before the Festival to get together with family and eat dumplings together. I guess you have heard Chinese transport people during Spring Festival. It will be huge number.
(CHINESE HAS THIS FESTIVAL AS WELL CALLED DUANWU FESTIAL)
May 5th by lunar calendar.A spring holiday after sowing and transplanting. The weather is so fine that people go out to play colorful folk games.Especially Moran Hill situated on the bank of the River Taedong in Pyongyang is crowded with holiday makers.The fragrant rice cake mixed with wormwood pasted and lettuce wrapped rice and special dishes prepared for this day.
In China this festival is called DuanWu Festival it is also on 5th of May lunar calendar. It is for getting away some pestilence but during Chu Dynasty(278) QuYuan died. So for Chinese people spend this festival is to want to remember him.
Especially in south of China there will have rowing dragon boat match is called <Sai Long Zhou > in Chinese.
People will eat steamed rice which is rapped with special smell leave it is called Zhongzi in Chinese . Smell really nice. Some people like to put date and meet inside of Zhongzi.
(CHINESE HAS THIS FESTIVAL AS WELL CALLED QINGMING FESTIAL ON APRIL THE 5TH.KEEP THE GRAVES TIDY)
(AUGUST 15TH CHINESE HAS MOON FESTIAL FOR FAMILY GET TOGETHER)
August 15th by lunar calendar. An autumn holiday after harvesting.Koreans visit their forefathers' graves,keep the graves tidy and hold memorial services. They play tug-of -war. Varieties of rice food made of crops are popular.
In China for Qingming Festival which is 5th of April all the family will clean the family tombs and burned special paper for the dead people to remember them.
As long as more more tours to North Korea. For sure it bring some new air to this country as well.
A lot of North Korean guide love the cosmetics or the bags or the clothes that Chinese guide using or wearing . Sometimes they will ask Chinese guide to bring some nice clothes or bags ....to them for every tour.From this culture exchange they build very good relationship with each other.
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Tourists who travel to North Korea would love to get pin of Kim Il sung and Kim Jong Il ( Sometimes together ). Cause those pins are not for selling in North Korea. So tourists can get them in Dandong,China the city where you can get into North Korea by train. Those pins in Dandong are fake but very good fake can satisfied tourists desire to wear 1 on their clothes. We suggest tourists not bring them to North Korea while you travel to North Korea. Cause those pins are not for sell in North Korea. North Korean people will think It is kind of not respect for their leaders. So better to keep them in Dandong. And you can get them back when you finished trip in North Korea.
Tourists who travel to North Korea with Explore North Korea Tour Group will get 2 of them as gift.
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The bridge called Broken Bridge right now was built in 1911 by Japan (When Japan occupy North Korea and North East of China ) The bridge Long：944m Wide: 11m. In the middle part of the bridge can turning 90 degrees for big ship to pass. It was bombed by American during Korean War in 1950.Right now there are only few bottoms of the bridge left on North Korean part. It is historical place for tourists to visit nowadays.
There is a second bridge which is called China - Korean Friendship Bridge built by Japan in 1943. The distance of two bridge only not more than 100m. All the tourists to North Korea will take train go through this bridge to North Korea.
Right now China and North Korea still use this bridge to transfer the goods and tourists. It has railway for train and road for cars and trucks. Only for 1 way. In the morning from China side - North Korea side. In the Afternoon from North Korea side - China side.
Walk along the Broken Bridge is like walking on the Antique. You can view two countries together on the middle of the river.
If you do not have time to join in the tour to North Korea. Take a boat cruise get taste of North Korea is a good choice to experience.
Here you can see North Korean farmland and traditional farm house clearly.
North Korea will lease Huangjinping island to China, add 50 years from the original 50 years to extend to 100 years. Included in Weihua Island lease to China as well.
ZhangChengZe visited Chinese border city of Dandong, Liaoning Province in 2011, 28 to 29 May,.signed "50 years plus 50 years' lease agreement, the transfer of development rights Huangjinping Island to China. Area of nearly 12 square kilometers of HuangJinPing Island is located in the Yalu River, fertile land, is the largest granary Korean Sinuiju area.
December 31, 2010, held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new bridge in Dandong district. At 12:00 on May 1st 2011, in Dandong New Xing Dan Street, held a groundbreaking ceremony.
He Kou Broken Bridge: (1.5 hour from city center) 河口断桥
HeKou Broken bridge - formerly known as (清城桥)Qing City Bridge, It is a road bridge connecting China and North Korea on the Yalu River. It was built by Japanese in 1941.The full-bridge total length of 709.12 meters, 25 meters high, six meters wide. 22 piers, total 21 holes, The bridge finish the building in 1942. October 19, 1950, commander of the volunteers Mr. Peng, with only 1 staff, two guards and a radio station, ride a jeep went to the Korean battlefield from this bridge. March 29, 1951, the U.S. military dispatched six times and more than 30 aircraft bombarded the city to damage the bridge. Nowadays, people to want to memory of these heroes in this period of the year, and establish Mr.Peng, MaoAnying, QiuShaoyun, HuangJiguang and many other heroes statue at the beginning of the broken bridge.
This dam is hydropower belong to China and North Korea . DPRK is responsible for the operation and management , power distribution in half between the two countries . The original design power station installed 630,000 kW, power transmission to the DPRK and China . Project began construction in 1937. In 1941, 2 units put into operation , In 1945 six units have been installed. When Japan surrendered,The Soviet Red Army took over 3 units . During Korean War, the dam was bombed some part. 1958 all seven units put into operation . In 1971, China and the DPRK government decided that the expansion the power plant in their respective territories , After the expansion of the total installed capacity of the abundance of water power plant is 90 million kW.
The dam was first designed in 1978 and construction began in October 1982. The river was diverted in September 1983 and the first generator was operational on 25 December 1986. The three remaining generators were commissioned in 1987, and the dam was complete in July of that year China built the dam and operates its 190 MW power station. Power from the dam is used by both China and North Korea.
North Korean has universal 12 years compulsory free education.
At the age from 5-17. It consists of 1 year pre-school course, 5 years primary schooling, 3 years junior middle schooling and 3 year senior middle schooling.
North Korean lady would like to marry a man who is graduated from university and has to be a soldier has to be the member of Workers' Party of Korea.
For the new family for couples North Korean lady have to ready all the furniture for the new family. The man has to ready gold ring, gold necklace for the bride and the groom has to apply the house from the company or factory that he work for. then the company and the factory will apply house or apartment for the new couple. North Korean lady has to do the whole house work for the family after the marriage.
North Korean wedding party do not eat candy like in China they eat cold noodles.
If you would want to join in North Korean friend wedding party you can ask : when can I eat your cold noodles? Means when can I join in your wedding party?
because in North Korean wedding cold noodles is must.
Friends join in North Korean friends wedding party normally give gift or money.
the money have to put in white paper bag which is different with China. Chinese people will put the money in the red paper bag means lucky.
For legal marry age in North Korea is 17 years old. From 17 years old North Korean teenager can have ID card.
Nowadays in North Korea lady will get married around 25 years old and men will get married around 30 or 31 years old.
North Korean people study very hard. After senior middle school students have to study very hard to get to university otherwise can not get to university even you pay tuition.
If you can not get to university the government will give you a job to do.
After university you have choice to become a soldier or government will find a job for you.
retired age in North Korea: Male: 60 years old Female: 55 years old.
North Korean people like singing dancing and music. If you have chance to join in Korean wedding party you can strongly feel this.
If you join in the tour to North Korea you can have chance to watch
Art Concert/ Circus show
In the concert you can see people like the show very much. and the Circus show is also really amazing.
Traffic in North Korea
Main transportation in North Korea is: Bus / Electricity Bus/ Subway /Taxi
If you have chance to travel to North Korea you will realize the the transportation on the road all turn on the light in the day time. Cause government want reduce the traffic accident.
On Sunday you will see few cars on the road cause for many companies if need car on Sunday has to apply in advance.
North Korean TV channel
There are only 4 TV channels in North Korea.
the Korean guide told us that Chinese <KeWang > which is produce in 1990.
It has 50 parts TV series When it shows in North Korea only shows 1 part during 1 week. When the times shows on TV there are almost no people on the street in Pyongyang.
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There is a ferry called East Pearl from Inchon,South Korea -Dandong, China 3 times a week(Mon, Wed, Fri). It will take 16 hours.
From Dandong- Inchon 4 times a week.(Sun, Tue,Thu, Sat).
You can join in the tour to North Korea from Dandong- Pyongyang by train.
The following is the time table of the East Pearl Ferry.
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What do tourists would like to do in North Korea?
All of the tourists traveling to North Korea because they want to explore North Korea by themselves But not media. They want to read the history by real life but not book.
As Macel Proust famously said: the real of voyage consists not seeing new sights, but in looking with new eyes.
Once you have new eyes even the old sights and your home become something different.This might be the point of traveling around.
Human history is like a long running river. It has a lot of turning and a lot of rocks against the streaming but never stops running.
And North Korea is an important spot during history river changing.
What you can see from your new eyes after traveling to North Korea is depend on different perspective.
Welcome to our tour to North Korea with Explore North Korea Tour Group.
We would like to meet you in Pyongyang!!!
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A lot of tourists think that traveling to North Korea is difficult. In fact to join in the tour to North Korea is very easy. Following is the proccess for how to join in tour to North Korea. Hope this will help tourists who would like to travel to North Korea in the future.
Korea at least 1-2 weeks in advance. Then we can apply traveling visa to
North Korea for you in advance.
4. For traveling to North Korea you have to have double entry China visa to join in this tour. Cause this tour is from China – North Korea – China. If you need help, we can email you proof shows that you joined in this tour to North Korea from China in order you can apply double entry or multiple entry China visa in advance.
5. Then you have to pay us the deposit of the tour fee 50%. Then you can book the transportation to China and inform us your arrival time then we can send person to pick you up to put you in the tour to North Korea.
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Public Holidays in North Korea:
Korean people normally will get day off for 2-3 days during these two festival.
Welcome to our group tour to North Korea Day of the Sun Tour to North Korea
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The process for how to go through North Korea Customs in Sinuiju ?
The process of going through North Korean customs will be held simply on the same train you do not need to get off the train.
The train start from Sinuiju - Pyongyang at 1:00p.m. North Korean time (1 hour faster than North Korea)
Attention: Here you can NOT take any pictures inside and outside of the train.
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