Kim Il-Sung Square in Pyongyang. Photo: iStock

This year marks the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and North Korea. In recent years, tourists from China have shown great enthusiasm in visiting North Korea, despite its restrictions.

According to, the number of Chinese tourists visiting North Korea has increased 18% since 2019.

As of now, the major destinations of the official North Korean tour groups consist of Pyongyang, Kaesong and Sinuiju. The traveling time of the tour group ranges from two to six days. As many as 55% of the tourists choose to stay for four days or less.

Attractions such as Kim Il Sung Square, Kim Il Sung Museum, China-DPRK Friendship Bridge and the Arch of Triumph are closely related to Sino-North Korean relations, which have garnered the attention of Chinese tourists.

According to an AFP report, Chinese tourists spend about 2,500 yuan with their tour group for three days.

There are about 100 travel agencies operating in the DPRK, with 10 tour routes established for tourists. Hundreds of Chinese tourists enter the country by train or bus every day. This enthusiasm has injected vitality into the North Korean tourism industry.

The tourism industry brings in a significant amount of money for North Korea. A report from Reuters pointed out that the tourism industry is projected to rake in US$44 million in annual revenue for North Korea, with about 80% of all foreign tourists coming from China.

On April 8 this year China opened the Ji’an-Manpo Highway port, which will make it easier for Chinese tourists to enter North Korea.

This article was first published on and translated by Kamaran Malik.

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