First exclusive train to DPRK opens Apr 20

10:36, March 12, 2010      

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Beginning April 12, Chinese citizens who join a tour group will have an opportunity to visit the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

At present, travel agencies are preparing for the DPRK tour. China's first train for exclusive travel to the DPRK will depart from Zhejiang province April 20.

Along with the opening of touring the DPRK in groups, a brand-new traveling trend appeared in Zhejiang, which is to take the exclusive train to tour the DPRK.

According to the China Travel Service in Zhejiang, the fixed number of passengers on the train is 800 and currently, the preparation work is underway. The train will pass through Beidaihe, Dandong in Liaoning province before entering the DPRK, after which, passengers will transfer to the local train and go to various regions of the DPRK for touring and sightseeing. Traveling by train is cheaper than by air and the price of a hard sleeper is temporarily set at 4,680 yuan.

Before departure, tourists must apply for their passports while the Chinese travel agencies handle the group visa for them.

In addition, there are advisories for tourists going into the DPRK.

Firstly, they are not permitted to bring mobile phones in the DPRK therefore all mobile phones including the tour guide's will be left in Dandong before entering the DPRK.

Secondly, cameras with telephoto lenses and professional video recorders are not permitted to be brought into the country.

Finally, tourists are not allowed to go out unsupervised on the trip.

By People's Daily Online
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