|My nephew Daniel and the bridge to North Korea|
My trip to Yanji was entirely last minute, due to an American citizen emergency. It was a real blessing to be able to visit that part of the world during the summer, when everything is so beautiful. It never ceases to amaze me how beautiful the North Korean countryside is. What a stark contrast to its horrid, oppressive regime and the hard lives its citizens lead.
|Yeah, don't worry, I can't read the sign, either.|
Daniel said that this is a popular spot for Chinese Tourists, too.
|Flags of China and North Korea|
Here it is in relation to the rest of the countries in the area. China, North and South Korea and a bit of Japan are visible on the map. You can also easily see Shenyang, where Daniel and his family live. The same red "A" balloon marks the Chinese city of Yanji:
|North Korean city of Namyang in the distance|
|The bridge over the Tumen River|
|There were lots of Chinese tourists|
|Another shot of the river|
|On the road to the Tumen River Bridge|
Or maybe it says, "Last chance for gas before North Korea".
This has been a rare glimpse into a far corner of the world. I hope you enjoyed seeing it as much as I did.