Want to take a bicycle tour into North Korea?

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  • fulltimestudent

    This is an interesting development. While most users will be Chinese, there are not restrictions that I know of on foreigners using the facility.

    The north China city of Tumen, bordering the DPRK (North Korea) has received permission to organise tourist bicycle tours from Tumen into the DPRK.

    Young Chinese seem to be interested in NK, perhaps because it gives then some insight as to what China was like in the past.

    Chinese city launches bicycle tours to DPRK

    (Xinhua) 10:02, May 03, 2014 A border city in northeast China launched Friday bicycle tours to the neighboringDemocratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) as tourism to the country booms.

    Thirty-five Chinese tourists joined the first self-drive travel by bicycle from Tumen City,Jilin Province, to DPRK's Namyang city, said organizers.

    The tourists spent three hours in the DPRK.

    The bicycle tour is inexpensive and only needs simple procedures, said an official of theTumen Tourism Bureau. He said the route is expected to attract more tourists to theDPRK.

    Excursions by train from Tumen to the DPRK's Chilbosan resumed on Wednesday.

    The tourist train was launched in April 2012, but was later suspended.

    Tumen has highway and railway service to the DPRK.

    I've heard that self-drive trips in your own car are also becoming possible. I can only imagine that they may be escorted. Can't quite imagine hundreds of tourists in cars driving all over NK

  • fulltimestudent

    Found some information on self-drive tours into NK:

    Dandong to Start "Self-Driving" Tours Into North Korea

    2014-05-01 13:55:59 CRIENGLISH.com Web Editor: Yangyang

    China-North Korea Friendship Bridge across the Yalu River in Dandong, Liaoning province is seen here in this undated picture. Private-vehicle travel to North Korea for the purpose of tourism from Dandong, northeast China's Liaoning province, could start as early as June of this year, according to the Dandong Tourism Bureau. [Photo: Xinhua]

    Private-vehicle travel to North Korea for the purpose of tourism from Dandong, northeast China's Liaoning province, could start as early as June of this year, announced the Dandong Tourism Bureau recently.

    Tourists will be able to drive themselves into North Korea and visit many of the country's scenic spots. However, along with a valid ID and passport, an up-to-date motor vehicle qualification certificate and registration through a tourism company is required before taking the "self-driving" tour into North Korea. The process for approval takes about a week.

    Dandong is expected to be the 2nd Chinese city that is qualified to operate private-vehicle travel into North Korea-the first is Huichun, Jilin province. But whether the program will begin on time depends on the coordination process between the relevant authorities, said You.

  • LoisLane looking for Superman
    LoisLane looking for Superman

    How very odd???

    Thank you for posting such interesting "items" for us.


  • nonjwspouse

    Yeah, NK is lost without China. Their entire economy totally depends on China. They NEED China so probablly want to make "nice" gestures. Makes sense to me.

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