Sinuiju, on the China-DPRK border, is a stark contrast to the ‘showcase’ areas of the country that most tours stick to. Stepping off the train was like stepping into an 80’s-era hollywood distopic movie set, complete with eerie electronic sci-fi music blaring over the propaganda loudspeakers. Cold and windy, the city is a wasteland of construction — It’s citizens, however, are honest and vivacious, with a well-earned reputation as being hard-nosed.
Below, a large public square in the centre of the city:
Across the Yalu River from Sinuiju sits the Chinese city of Dandong, a bright new metropolis built up against the riverbanks. At night, the facade of glass towers facing the DPRK light up like Las Vegas, and Sinuiju answers with a sparse, faltering display of its own.
On the left, it looks like our guide is trying to cover the camera lens; actually she was laughing and waving 🙂