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From Beijing we’ll travel up to the Chinese border city of Tumen, where we’ll cross by foot over the bridge into the DPRK and Namyang city, where your extreme DPRK experience kicks off. This can be considered the most intense border crossing in the country, with every piece of paper that you own, and all your electronics and bags being given the most thorough going-over you are ever likely to receive in any border! It might sound scary, but the intensity makes for quite the experience.

We are then met by our extremely friendly guides and driven to Hoeryong, a city only just opened to western tourists, and hometown of not only the most beautiful women in the country (according to the Koreans), but also Mother Kim Jong Suk (Kim Jong Il’s Mother). We’ll then head to the infamous Chongjin and the scenically beautiful Mt. Chilbo, where we’ll indulge in the only home-stay available to foreign visitors in the country. This is an extremely unique and interesting experience, and you’ll spend your day and night drinking, eating, and playing sports with the Korean families for an experience that will be absolutely unforgettable. Two tourists will be paired up to stay with each family in the village.

Finally, we’ll leisurely head to Rason (Special Economic Zone of the DPRK), stopping off at Gyongsong County and Chongjin for more fun on the way, before visiting the only part of the DPRK where tourists can exchange currency into DPRK won at “street rates”, and spend it in shops and even at the newly-renovated and only private market tourists can visit in the entire country. Throw in some great local drinking spots and the Emperor Hotel’s fabulous dinner show and you’ve got a fantastic finish to a tour that really shows you a different side of the DPRK.

The tour ends in Yanji City, Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture, the area with the largest Korean-Chinese population in China.

Sunday 11th June

Morning

  • Meet your YPT guide at 10:00am at the Beijing Jingu Qilong Hotel near Beijing Railway Station. During this meeting, we'll go through the tour’s itinerary, receive DPRK visas and tickets, as well as a great chance to meet your fellow travellers and to discuss any other questions you may have about the DPRK.PRK.

Afternoon

  • Take the overnight sleeper train at 1:10pm for Tumen City.
  • During the journey your YPT guide will be happy to answer any DPRK-based questions you might have and use their Chinese ability to keep you stocked up with beer and food for the journey.

Monday 12th June

Afternoon

  • Arrival in Tumen at 2.30pm.
  • Check into the hotel situated within walking distance of the DPRK border.
  • Chance to hang out by the river, grab some dinner and look over the border and into the DPRK. This is also a great place to buy local souvenirs.
  • Overnight in Tumen.

Tuesday 13th June

Morning

  • Breakfast at a local restaurant in Tumen.
  • Free Morning to explore Tumen city - walk along the riverside that divides DPRK and China. Plenty of shops selling DPRK-related gifts imported from Korea.
  • Lunch at a local restaurant in Tumen - be daring and try the chicken heads or pig brains!

Afternoon

  • Drive to Hoeryong city - this city is famous for White Apricots, ceramics, and the most beautiful girls in Korea (or so the locals say)! It’s also the birthplace of General Kim Jong Il's revolutionary mother - Mother Kim Jong Suk.
  • Visit the statue of Mother Kim Jong Suk (Mother of General Kim Jong Il) and her revolutionary Museum.
  • Visit the Native home of Mother Kim Jong Suk.
  • Check-in, dinner, and overnight at the Hoeryong Hotel, where we'll enjoy a song and dance performance with the waitresses- participation pretty much expected!

Wednesday 14th June

Morning

  • Wake up early and drive to Chongjin City (4 hours)

Afternoon

  • Lunch at the famous Chongjin Seamen's Club - here we'll have Chongjin's famous noodle dish.
  • Pay our respects to the statue of President Kim Il Sung and General Kim Jong Il in Chongjin City.
  • We'll walk around the square to visit the newly built E-Library - here the locals have a chance to use their local intranet for research, practice their typing skills and to play locally-made computer games
  • Visit the Soviet Martyrs Cemetery - this cemetery was built to commemorate the Russians who landed in Chongjin to battle the Japanese Aggressors during WW2. The cemetery has a fantastic view of Chongjin's East Port.
  • Stop by the Chongjin Foreign Language Institute to greet the students and join in on a class. This is also a fantastic opportunity to speak with the students to get a better understanding of their lives in Chongjin
  • Dinner, drinks and bathing at Chongjin Foreigners Hotel
  • Overnight at the Chongjin hotel.

Thursday 15th June

Morning

  • Wake up early and drive to Mt. Chilbo (3 hours).
  • Arrive at the entrance to Mt. Chilbo for an explanation of the area using the world's largest mineral painting map as a guide!
  • Continue to Outer Chilbo Hotel for lunch.

Afternoon

  • Tour around Inner Chilbo’s scenic sites - this region is the most famous part of Chilbo and has lots of colourful stories to explain the various rock structures.
  • Visit the Kaesim Buddhist Temple.
  • Overnight at the Outer Chilbo Hotel.

Friday 16th June

Morning

  • Breakfast in Outer Chilbo Hotel.
  • Tour of the outer Chilbo area including hikes along the famous Tokgol and Gangsonmun areas - spectacular views!
  • Picnic lunch atop Gangsonmun, the highest point on Mt. Chilbo, while enjoying the fantastic views of the sea cliffs. Great for photographs!

Afternoon

  • Drive to the Home Stay Village in the Sea Chilbo area.
  • We will be greeted by our home-stay families as they take us around to show us their neighborhood.
  • Volleyball match with the Home Stay village residents - they're quite competitive!
  • Eat a delicious homemade noodle snack from the local families
  • Watch and participate in a traditional Korean wrestling tournament with the villagers
  • Dinner at the Home Stay Village
  • Bonfire party on the beach! We'll play music and hang out with the locals - don't forget the marshmallows!
  • Overnight at the village – two guests per family (tourists travelling with US or Japanese passports will be taken to the Outer Chilbo hotel for an overnight stay)

Saturday 17th June

Morning

  • For home stay residents, help your families with morning chores - not a must but a very polite gesture.
  • Jump on a local fisherman's boat and ride out to sea to see the magnificent Mt. Chilbo region from afar (30 RMB extra)
  • Drive to Outer Chilbo area and hike Manmulsang.
  • Lunch in the Outer Chilbo Hotel.

Afternoon

  • Drive to Gyongsong.
  • Yombun revolutionary site - On the way we’ll stop at this beautiful scenic site named after being one of the first places on the East Coast where villagers discovered a new way to get salt, despite the East sea being almost tideless.
  • Gyongsong Revolutionary Museum.
  • Enjoy a hot mineral bath at the local bathhouse in Gyonsong city (30 RMB extra).
  • Dinner and overnight at Gyongsong Hotel.

Sunday 18th June

Morning

  • Visit the Jipsam Revolutionary Site where the Kim family lived when General Kim Jong Il was a young lad.
  • Drive to Chongjin (2 hours).
  • Visit the local Kim Chaek Steel Complex Kindergarten for an amazing Children's Performance - we can also bring some goodies for the kids here!
  • Bus tour of Chongjin City and the outside of Chongjin Port.
  • Shopping and lunch at the Chongjin Seaman’s club

Afternoon

  • Susongchon Foodstuffs Factory - bread, soju, and other sweets are made here. Sample the soju and purchase some goods to take home!
  • Drive to Rason (2 hours).
  • Dinner at the local RITA Restaurant.
  • Drinks at a local Ukrainian owned bar near the public square!
  • Overnight at Namsan Hotel.

Monday 19th June

Morning

  • Visit Triangle Bank where it is permitted to change foreign currency into Korean money at an unpublished rate and to open a Korean bank account! Collect your very own DPRK bank card!
  • Rason Revolutionary Museum.
  • Visit the private market - The only private market in the country permitted for tourists to visit, here it's possible to see what is available for normal citizens to buy. Local and foreign currency are both accepted.
  • Visit the Mosaic Pictures of President Kim Il Sung and General Kim Jong Il.
  • Rason Art Gallery.
  • Visit the souvenir shop combined with a foreign language bookshop.

Afternoon

  • Lunch at the Kumyong Restaurant - great local dishes!
  • Visit the foreign language high school - here we'll split up into small groups and chat with the students. They really apprecaite this as they like to practice English with foreigners! Something that happens very rarely for them!
  • Haeyang Park- the newly constructed city park. While you’re here why not sample some of the famous Czech Joint Venture beer from the bar inside?
  • Dinner and performance at the Emperor Hotel - Enjoy a buffet meal and scintillating performance usually held for VIP casino guests!
  • Overnight at Namsan Hotel.

Tuesday 20th June

Morning

  • Drive to Tumangang City and we'll drive up a mountain where we can see the three-points border where China, DPRK, and Russia meet!
  • Sungjondae Monument to the Famous Admiral Ri Sun Xin, inventor of the turtle ship.
  • Visit Sonbong Kindergarten (here is another good opportunity to bring some gifts for the children if you wish).
  • Lunch in Sonbong City.

Afternoon

  • Exit Rason and re-enter China.
  • A coach transfer back to Tumen city - All Koreas Part 2 tour concludes here. We can organise transfer/accommodation in Yanji city or train/plane tickets to your next destination. Please contact us for assistance.
  • stay overnight in Tumen city (right next to the border of the DPRK).

Price inclusive of:

  • All guides (Two Koreans guides + YPT guide)
  • All entrances (unless specified in itinerary)
  • All transport
  • All meals

Price exclusive of:

  • Chinese visa
  • North Hamgyong and Rason travel permit (€100)
  • Dinner and breakfast in Tumen (don't worry, it's cheap!)

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