Yalu River Hotel
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... Bridge is the Friendship Bridge, which conducts all traffic between Dandong and Sinuijiu on the North Korean side. Most of the time the bridge was full of stalled freight trucks, presumably waiting for Chinese customs to do their duty by UN sanctions and check for contraband. All the traffic seems to enter NK in the morning and return to the Chinese side in the evening. I also saw one passenger ...
As evening set in, I headed over to Yalu River Park to see the main attraction of this city, the famous bridge crossing into North Korea. The question arose of where to go to get dinner. Dandong of course has a famous North Korean restaurant, but I was determined not to go to another one of those since I'd already been to that one in Ulaanbaatar and felt it was ...
... had single storey houses with traditional red roofs.
The bus made stops at towns by taking the freeway off-ramp, dropping passengers or parcels, then getting back on the on-ramp. On occasions passengers were dropped at a pull-off from the expressway. The road grading was generally pretty gentle, using tunnels to iron out the hills, and long, high elevated road sections to fill in the valleys.
A point of interest in a particularly high and steep set ...
... and we moved on.
After a spicy lunch, it was off to the Revolution museum to get the Chinese version of the Korean War. My guide was a real historian and I was privileged to get a detailed account of the war from his perspective. How it started, how the Chinese got involved, the battles won and mistakes made by both sides and how it ended. It was very different than DPRK account where Kim Il Song defeated the American ...
... to customs where I had all my electronic equipment inspected mainly for photos disrespecting the leaders or showing DRPK in a poor light. All was OK. I was given my passport and escorted to a bus of Chinese day trippers for the ride across the river to Dandong. I wonder what is going through the guides mind as we casually leave DRPK, something they cannot do.The Chinese customs got interested in my backpack and asked me to open it, when he saw ...