Great Wall and North Korea proximity
Not much to do in the city but walk along the river.
Everything I asked for - take the train into town and enjoy a day or two.
If you venture outside of Dandong to the Tiger Hill section of the Great Wall and to the "One Step" section of the river, you may notice that there are a few small boats tied off.You may barter with the drivers down to ~20RMB depending on the size of your group or your negotiation skills. The waters are neutral between China and North Korea, but...more
The Museum In Aid of North Korea Against American Aggression costs 10 RMB (not sure if that's student price) for the side museum. That houses a weird assortment of terracotta warriors, some stuff about the Chinese side of the Korean war and the history of unequal peace treaties, all in Chinese; and you can go up the 53-metre-high tower.Personally I...more
The "short bridge", built by the Japanese in the 1920s, used to connect China and North Korea, but was bombed out during the Korean War. Nowadays the Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge connects the two, but you can still walk along the (reconstructed) Chinese side and take a look across the river to North Korea.more
We paid around 35RMB for two of us to take a speedboat ride across the river to the North Korean side. The driver took us right up to the other side for about 5 minutes, letting us see a North Korean school, some cranes, and boats up close. There were plenty of North Koreans hanging out along the riverside, and the schoolkids with their red scarves...more
Across the Yalu River is North Korea - as you near the riverfront you'll see a large smokestack in the distance, which is actually in North Korea! It's close enough to make out people walking around on the other side. Walk to the end of the "short bridge", bombed by the Americans during the Korean war, and use the binoculars there for a closer...more
You are in Dandong. In your hotel, you have probably already clicked through all of the TV channels at least twice to see if you can get the TV station from Sinuiju, North Korea.Well you can't, at least not without making a few "ahem" minor easy-to-make modifications to your TV set. Here is what to. Speaking from personal experience, it worked...more
It was officially called "The War to Resist U.S. Aggression and Aid North Korea" and this museum offers the Chinese point of view regarding the Korean War.Located atop Yinghua Mountain, the museum has exhibits outdoors as well as inside.The outdoor exhibition has planes, artillery, and tanks used in the war as well as those seized from the enemies...more
You've seen North Korea from Yalu River Park. You walked out on the Short Bridge and got a closer look. Now it's time for one of the best highlights of any Dandong trip; a quick speed boat jaunt to North Korea's side of the river for the closest view of the hermit kingdom.For around 20 RMB (less than US $3) you will have your own private tour of...more
The Yalu River speedboat ride was quite exciting, and you got SO CLOSE to the North Korean shore. Now you only wish there was some way you could actually set foot onto North Korean soil.In Dandong, your wish comes true at nearby Tiger Mountain (Hushan). Please visit my Hushan page later to learn more about the place where it's possible to leap...more
No.158 Binjiang Middle Road, Zhenxing District, Dandong, Liaoning, 118002, China
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No.105 Er Wei Road, Zhengxing District, Dandong, Liaoning, 118000, China
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Zhong Lian hotel is as well located as a tourist could hope for. Dandong is not such large city that...more
There are several North Korean-operated restaurants in China, and quite a few in Dandong itself! You can recognize them by the North Korean and Chinese flags over the entrance. They are staffed by waitresses from North Korea who put on karaoke dance shows, and offer a variety of Korean and North Korean specialties. A great North Korean...more
There is a brewery in town, if you're the type that likes to sample local beers around the world. The name of the local beer in Dandong is "Yalu River Beer" and I can not confirm if the ingredients actually include any drops of North Korea's territorial waters.The Chinese toast with the words "gan bei" which in English would sound exactly like...more
27 Reviews and Opinions
You must go to karaoke in Dandong! We went to a karaoke box in midnight. Karaoke boxes is different from karaoke bars. You can enjoy singing karaoke with only your friends in the room, so you don't care about other people.The karaoke box normally serve one room each a group with various chinese dishes and alcohol, but we went there after eating...more
Did you know it is possible to fly to Dandong from Sanya on Hainan Island? Yes, but only on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The morning flight on China Southern airlines also has two stops, first in Shenzhen and then at Shanghai's Pudong airport before reaching Dandong in the afternoon. Of course, you can also fly the other way from Dandong...more
There is a ~4 block section near the central area called "Walking Street", or at least that's what the translation of the Chinese name is. Ask a local or your hotel what the true Chinese name is, so that you can get a taxi to the area.There are countless shops, ranging from street vendors to trendy brand name stores. There are foods readily...more
The shops on this street sell Chinese and North Korean stamps, coins, old currency, military medals, as well as many Chinese items of sentimental or nostalgic value relating to the Cultural Revolution or other important eras of modern Chinese history.There are usually sidewalk vendors set up on the street in front of the shops and these touts sell...more
27 Reviews and Opinions
When you take a ride across the Yalu River on one of the Chinese speedboats you will be warned not to take photos of the dock workers along the North Korean shore.
They do not appreciate the constant traffic of tourist boats which bring curious spectators within a stone's throw of their vessels.
("Click to enlarge" and you'll see the other comrade reaching for another projectile to hurl at the enemy speedboat from China with a camera toting taunting tourist aboard)
I'm sure there are plenty of areas where you could do this, but the most famous one is "Yibukua"(one step cross), accessible from Hushan Great Wall. I read lots about this place before I went, but my own North Korean border crossing experience proved far more difficult than I had expected. Visit my Hushan page for the whole story and more details on how to get here!
In my tours of North Korea, China and more specifically Dandong, it was expressed by several Chinese people that the Chinese sided with North Korea in the Korean War because they were Communist brothers and they were geographical neighbors. However, all the people I spoke to stated that even though they fought with the North, Chinese opinion and...more
Having visited both China and DPRK, the photo on my Dandong page and this photo I believe give the best visual impression of the disparities between the two countries.I've commented within my North Korean pages how dissimilar the two Korean countries are, but the comparison between the bustling Chinese cities and the quiet expanses of North Korea...more
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...more