Yalu River Short Bridge
There are one and a half bridges over the Yalu River in Dandong. The half bridge is called "Short Bridge" due to the fact that it was bombed by American planes during the Korean War. By using the free binoculars provided at the end of the short bridge you can look across to North Korea and get a closer look at this school. This photo was taken from one of the speedboats which are available for short rides across the Yalu River west along the North Korean territorial waters.
MORE CONTRASTS AND CONTRADICTIONS...
Your typical bordertown... tons of action, movement of people and goods...
Dandong has it all in a smaller scale -- compared to other places..
People are pleasant, food is delicious and the views of N. Korea -- a couple of miles away -- keeps you thinking... where am I?
Dangong has it all, N. Korea has darkness and quiet, at least from the other side of the river that was my perception...
we hopped on boat and were taken to less than 50 ft from N. Korea... people looked normal, healthy, some waved... so many changes to come and they don't even know it.
My favorite: walking along the river at 7:00 am and be a part of the ritual of many Chinese - biking, fishing, tai chi - by itself, with fans and swords, badminton, walking, jogging and the best.. children receiving their lessons in martial arts or saxophone.... such discipline, such spirit of community. I am very impressed.
"Chinese Museum dedicated to N. Korean War..."
Important to learn about the other side of the coin, their views and priorities.
Very trying times, very different thinking...
I am glad much of the world has changed and reactions to conflicts can be different now.... in some instances at least..
Proof that times have changed -- I am in China, I was invited to be here... and I need to see and be a part of what's coming.
The Great Wall I
We took advantage of a beautiful afternoon in a famous place unknown by many. Many of our Chinese friends don't even believe us that the wall begins in Dandong. Actually, it's a brief cab ride out of the city and towards the country side. Unlike Beijing, there were no tourist buses announced in the city, nor posted in the hotels.