No.324 Jinshan North Avenue, Dandong, Liaoning, 118002, China
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A Chinese regiment going to North Korea
Mao Zedong statue outside the train station
North Korean riverside hangout
North Korean side
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Yalu River Bridges
This photo was also taken from aboard a Chinese speedboat in North Korea's territorial waters on the Yalu River. You can see the "Short Bridge" in the foreground. The "Friendship Bridge" can support both trucks and trains but pedestrian traffic is not allowed. The Yalu River Bridge Park is on either side of the Friendship Bridge. There are a couple of gift shops selling North Korean stamps and currency. This is also the place where you can hire the Chinese speedboats to take you across the Yalu River for a brief jaunt and taunt of the North Korean coastal population.
I visited Dandong on the way back from Pyongyang, North Korea. One of the great advantages is that it is probably the only place in China where you can easily get to the Great China Wall without thousands of tourists.
The wall is an easy 20-30min local bus ride from the bus station (which is located diagonally opposite the train station).
The Great Wall II
The Wall, The Wall, The Wall!!! There is more to life than 'The Wall.' The landscape around the wall is worth mentioning in Dandong. It's possible that it hasn't been attended to or repaired in a while, but there is a path along the hill The Wall was built on top of. There are some handrails and a fun, wiggling bridge to cross. If you look, you can see two or three of the bridges floating in the water below.
And, on the other side of the river..... a view of North Korea. Altogether, more than enough to consider this visit to Dandong worth it, right?
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