As you approach the museum, you'll see a small sign to Yibukua(one step cross) leading you off the wall to a trail along the cliffside. Alternately, you can go down to the museum and get a boat down. I've heard the museum is boring, so we went the other way, enjoying a short hike before we got to Yibukua, marked with a big stone. There were some...more
Hushan changcheng(Tiger mountain great wall) is the eastern end of the Ming Dynasty extension to the Great Wall. It has been reconstructed in recent years as a tourist spot, and as such, lacks the charm of other areas of the Great Wall like at Jinshanling. There are lots of tourists here despite its far-off location, but who will be brave(and...more
At Tiger Mountain, north of Dandong, you can climb a reconstructed section of the Great Wall and also step into North Korea over a narrow stream that serves as the border.It's best to go during the coldest winter months when the tributary is frozen and you can slide back and forth between China and North Korea.more
1. The cheapest way is by public bus but there are only one or two early morning departures to Hushan. Ask any hotel concierge in Dandong for current public bus schedule assistance. Be sure to inquire about the exact departure times for the return trip with the bus driver.2. You can participate in a private tour through one of several local Chinese...more
I got to Hushan from Dandong by buying a ticket at the bus station for 4RMB($0.50). It was a bit unclear where to get off, since I have a terrible time understanding ticket sellers when they announce stops, but when most of the bus got off, I asked if we were at Hushan and indeed we were. I got back to Dandong by hailing a taxi, although you could...more
Wild pigs and tigers once roamed this area of northeast China. One might guess that those animals would have had to compete with North Korean sentries for the attention of Chinese tourists if they were still around today.
Chinese tourists love feeding the animals. It is extremely difficult for zoos in China to enforce the rule forbidding visitors to toss snacks into cages.
At Sichuan's Emei Mountain, the monkeys have learned to expect fruits and other food to be hand fed from the yellow backpacks of Chinese tour groups. Those monkeys now assault all tourists who cross their path and even try to open backpacks after jumping on them.
At Hushan Chinese tourists enjoy feeding North Korean sentries and bring picnic items for them from downtown Dandong.
Tangerines, bags of cookies and crackers, and even cigarettes are tossed across the border; creating a scene resembling scatterred offerings to the North Korean Buddha.
Beer cans and small round canisters of Pringles potato chips are hurled like grenades into the vicinity of North Korea sentries.
One might wonder if this local custom is an act of sympathy or friendship, but the looks on the faces of Chinese tourists appear remarkably similar to those involved in the same amusing practice at Beijing Zoo.
When I got to Yibukua in mid-July, the water level was high, at neck level. The water was very cold and the current moving quite fast(fast enough to sweep you away if you didn't hang on to something). River crossings are dangerous regardless of your swimming ability. Although I managed to make it across(detailed in my travelouge), I don't recommend...more
Besides the obvious danger of North Korean and Chinese guards spotting you crossing the border, you should watch out for locals, too. After I got back from crossing the border, a bunch of locals said they'd seen me coming over from the North Korean side and accused me of being a North Korean escapee. I managed to escape from the situation, but it...more
While it is easy to leap to and fro across the border, don't go too far into North Korean territory. You don't want to get into a foot race with North Korean border guards!The North Korean sentries also do not like tourists taking photos of them, so use caution and a zoom lens when trying to get a souvenir snapshot for your VT pages.Security at...more
Luggage and bags:
Pack light. A day trip only requires a small bag. Take a couple of extra plastic bags to cover your shoes when walking through muddy parts of the trail to "Yi Bu Kua"
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable shoes are a must any time you climb the Great Wall
Miscellaneous: The frisbee and South Korean snack food provisions are to share with North Korean sentries as a gesture of international goodwill. You can purchase the South Korean provisions at a wholesale market in downtown Dandong near the Yalu River Bridge. Other popular gifts include cheap watches and Chinese beer.
My favorite spot in Hushan is just beyond this rock, which marks the famous "Yi Bu Kua" leaping point for those who wish to visit North Korea for a few tenths of a second.
I usually go in the winter time when the small tributary is frozen and then it's possible to slide across at other points along the border, making the lone North Korean sentry's job much more complicated.
Fondest memory: A recent report sent to me at Lonely Planet Thorn Tree tells of new occupation on the Chinese side. A tourist sent me a private message after I sent her to Hushan. She said that there is now a Chinese security patrol officer there who collects 5 RMB from visitors for the privilege of walking close enough to step over the border. Furthermore he has been trained to tell tourists not to point their camera at the North Korean sentry and to explain that this parcel of land west of the Yalu River once belonged to China but was given to Kim Il Sung after a dispute in the 1960's.
If you visit Yi Bu Kua please make your own Hushan page or leave a comment here on mine regarding the latest situation for tourists. Thanks!