The two nations are divided by a river (the Yalu) no wider than 1 km
While in North Korea the world balances are played like happens, maybe, just in Palestine, in China the people of Dandong continue to live as if nothing happened, or rather, with their proverbial pragmatism they make the most of the "inconvenient" neighbour. Along the riverbank near the "Friendship Bridge", which was rebuilt after the Americans bombed it during the Korean War, you can buy Korean banknotes, pins of the 'Dear Leader', souvenir photos taken dressing the traditional Korean female cloth, half an hour cruises and pay binoculars to see more closely the last bastion of communism.
A large group of people every day swim in the river that marks the boundary between the two countries. Sometimes they reach the other side, where they rest undisturbed for a few minutes and then return to China.
On the North Korean bank there’s a commercial port, some soldiers and passersby. A few houses and no sign of motivation to take advantage of its proximity to China in terms of tourism, if not for an old abandoned ferris wheel. Surely no one swims, not even in their own piece of river. Not in day-time! (image by Alessandro Vecchi)
The two nations are divided by a river (the Yalu) no wider than 1 km While in North Korea the world balances are played like happens, maybe, just in Palestine, in China the people of Dandong continue to live as if nothing happened, or rather, with their proverbial pragmatism they make the most of the "inconvenient" neighbour. Along the riverbank near the "Friendship Bridge", which was rebuilt after the Americans bombed it during the Korean War, you can buy Korean banknotes, pins of the 'Dear Leader', souvenir photos taken dressing the traditional Korean female cloth, half an hour cruises and pay binoculars to see more closely the last bastion of communism. A large group of people every day swim in the river that marks the boundary between the two countries. Sometimes they reach the other side, where they rest undisturbed for a few minutes and then return to China. On the North Korean bank there’s a commercial port, some soldiers and passersby. A few houses and no sign of motivation to take advantage of its proximity to China in terms of tourism, if not for an old abandoned ferris wheel. Surely no one swims, not even in their own piece of river. Not in day-time!
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