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Date : February 15, 2013
Increasing Number of Chinese Tourists in North Korea
   http://www.yonhapnews.co.kr/northkorea/2013/02/14/1801000000AKR2013021… [1427]

Yonhap News reported that despite North Korea’s nuclear test, Chinese tourists are continuing to visit North Korea.

Even with Kim Jong Il’s birthday coming soon (February 16th) and the North Korean authorities' nuke test, the train from China to North Korea has increased its number of trips. One source said that because of Kim Jong Il’s birthday, North Koreans, who work in China, are coming back to North Korea, which explains some of the increase. However, Chinese tourists and traders are also increasingly visiting North Korea too.

One Chinese trader to North Korea said that this time last year, many North Korean people and enterprises were busy buying wreaths and gifts for Kim Jong Il’s birthday. However, this year people’s spending on these things seems to have decreased noticeably. The source also added that the North Korean economy seems to be in not very good shape.

Source: Yonhap News

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