Impressions of North Korea: A Chinese Tourist’s Photo Diary – Part 1 (of 3)
Chiafu: Howdy MiniTofu fans. Today I present you the first part of a three-part North Korea trip diary with wonderfully detailed photos and accounts. The post was originally published by an unnamed Chinese national, who had the fortune of visiting North Korea as a tourist back in 2005. It has since been reposted on a number of Chinese websites and forums. In case the readers are not aware, in recent years the North Korean government has been opening up their border to selected tourists from China and a few other countries.
The author’s itinerary was strictly limited to government-sanctioned routes and locations, and he and his companions were heavily monitored by a government agent during the entire trip in case they “wondered off”. Despite all the restrictions, the diary still gives a rare and good glimpse of many aspects of the contemporary Hermit Kingdom and her strikingly dutiful and obedient citizens. More importantly, it offers a Chinese’s perspective on topics such as economic development, ideology and culture.
North Korea, a country both familiar and strange. Ever since China’s opening-up policy, there has been less and less information about North Korea. Everything about this country was thence covered with a fog of mystery. During China’s National Day this year [Chiafu: 2005], I was fortunate enough to be invited by North Korean government to to pay a visit there and watch “Arirang”, a mass gymnastic and art performances in Pyongyang for the celebration of the sixtieth anniversary of both the founding of the North Korean Worker’s Party and liberation of the motherland. As a generation who grew up watching North Korean movies and listening to the story of heroes from the Volunteer Army, we, with immense feeling of curiosity, stepped our feet on this land, a land where we had yearned and longed to visit. Following are photos and descriptions that chronicled what we saw and heard during our trip, which lasted for four days and three nights.
1. At 11:30 am, we landed at Pyongyang Airport, via a free, half-hour flight from Air Koryo that took off from Beijing Capital International Airport.
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