Optional Extension to all tours departing by train
Dandong; a fascinating small city on the Chinese side of the Yalu river, facing across to Sinuiju, your point of exit from DPRK after the tour. Instead of returning directly to Beijing we are pleased to offer a one day extension to the tour to take in all the sights of Dandong on a special North Korea-themed extension.
The train from DPRK arrives in China at 17:30 and here you get off and transfer to the 3 star Hongyuan Hotel (foreign TV, centrally located opposite the train station), dinner is in a local Chinese restaurant and the evening is your own.
After staying overnight in the hotel the first stop is a trip to the Great Wall at Tiger Mountain overlooking North Korea, boat trip at the 'one metre hop' the narrowest point between China and DPRK (here you can see Korean People's Army border guards up close, as little as a metre away!), the friendship bridge; over the Yalu river connecting the two countries, half destroyed by the US air force in the Korean War, extends to exactly the halfway point between China and DPRK, Another boat trip, this time on the wider Yalu river; the boat sweeps up and down the river in and out of North Korean waters, great for photos! Around the bridge area all manner of North Korean goodies can be bought, from badges and cigarettes to currency and other knick-knacks!
Lunch in a North Korean restaurant complete with song and dance show from the waitresses
In the afternoon a trip is taken to the snappily-named Museum of War to Resist America and Aid Korea otherwise known as the Korean war museum, which charts the events which led to the deployment of over 2 million Chinese 'volunteers' to Korea in 1950. Here you can learn the Chinese side of the story as well as view many very well presented rooms (now all exhibits have English captions), compare and contrast with the Korean version of events as well as that taught in the west. Stunning city views are afforded by the hilltop location of the museum which is situated on the site of Chinese Volunteer Army supreme commander Peng De Huai's base prior to moving into Korea.
After this there will be just enough time to pose for photos at the giant red Chairman Mao statue outside the railway station before boarding the overnight sleeper for Beijing, 4 berth soft sleeper beds carry you to China's capital overnight for an 08:34 arrival the next day.
This extension is fully guided and priced at $150 per person all inclusive of all of the above attractions; meals, hotel, etc, single room supplement is an additional $25.
If you would like to take this option then please tick the relevant box on the visa application form when applying for the DPRK tour, if you have applied already and want to add this option please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Note that this extension is only available to those who choose to travel out of DPRK by train at the end of the tour
The perfect way to end a tour of North Korea, and a unique look at a fascinating part of China!