[Photo] North Korean tour package targets Chinese tourists

North Korean tourism advertisement targeting Chinese tourists. Image: Daily NK

An advertisement promoting a North Korean tourism package for Chinese tourists is being marketed on a popular messaging service in China, a source in China close to North Korean affairs told Daily NK on August 21.

The advertisement (seen above), was created by a Chinese tourism company in Yanji, Jilin Province, and is offering eight travel packages from September to October.

The first departs on September 21 from Yanji, with the second following on September 22 from Shenyang. The cost of the travel packages vary according to the city of departure, but all of them are relatively expensive. The Yanji package is priced at 4,780 Chinese yuan (approx 720 USD), while the Shenyang package is going for 4,280 Chinese yuan (approx 630 USD).

The travel packages offer a six-day tour of North Korea, taking them from Pyongyang, to Wonsan and Mt. Kumgang. Tourists can also see the “New Arirang” performance commemorating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the DPRK, and will stay at the Mt. Kumgang Hotel for two nights.

The source noted that the “New Arirang” performance will only be held in September.

The advertisement states that travelers will have the opportunity to eat shabu-shabu, roast duck, cold noodles, bibimbab and other local delicacies.

The North Korean authorities have informed Chinese tourism agencies that travel to the country is prohibited through September 5.