Yalu River Border Tourism Zone

Yalu River Border Tourism Zone, Ji'an: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Yalu River Border Tourism Zone Reviews: 4.5/5

Yalu River Border Tourism Zone

Yalu River Border Tourism Zone
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What people are saying
Ji'an is AWESOME; places to visit are good.....
Jul 2015
My family spent 2.5 days in Ji'an (Jilin Province) as part a long road trip that started in Changchun with a convoy of four cars. We absolutely loved Ji'an! At least on the surface, Ji'an, appears to be a very prosperous small city of about 200,000 people. It is a relaxed city and very easy to walk around. The surrounding countryside is stunning, mountainous and has a surprising number of grape farmers that we were told supply the nearby and famous (for winemaking) city of Tonghua. The Yalu River border tourism area consists of three main attractions; the China/North Korea railway bridge, the absolutely massive China/North Korea Sup'ung Dam and Yalu River tours. The Sup'ung Dam is a massive hydroelectric project, spanning China and North Korea on the Yalu River. The dam is a fairly popular tourist destination, whereby visitors can actually go high onto the structure and venture close to North Korea. It should be stated immediately that visible foreigners CANNOT enter the dam complex. The dam is in a military controlled area where foreigners are prohibited. We had a military officer in our convoy, so I was able to get through the first checkpoint, but I was stopped by a soldier from going onto the dam. Two of the people I travelled with were ex-military and are now active police officers in Changchun. Their friend (who somehow ended up in our van) was still in the military and had been to North Korea several times over issues related to the dam. My companions shot videos of the dam and the village on the North Korean side. You are up very high, but the village is in relatively close proximity. Our group was surprised by some begging children that were close enough to hear. They were not prepared for this to happen.We were told this is not very common. The Chinese / North Korean train bridge is also in a small Chinese military installation, but it is also another tourist destination. They had no problems with foreigners, and they didn't even check my passport. The military area is modern, but it has a 1970s Maoist feel about it. There area has a very small and grim Japanese garrison house that was built in the 1930s and housed the invading soldiers. The garrison takes about 10 minutes to go through, before heading to the bridge. The bridge is guarded, but you are free to walk a rather shaky stone walkway about 20% across the bridge. I have included several pictures of the train area. Another popular visitor activity in Ji'an is hiring a motorboat and traversing the Yalu. The boats we hired in the pouring rain were safe, but small and could be chartered for 20 minutes to 2 hours with a driver. The driver often took us within ten metres (20 feet) of North Korean soil. We passed several tiny military watch stations along the shoreline. We were often close enough to stare directly at the soldiers, out having a smoke. The landscape on both sides of the river is mountainous and is mostly rural and dotted with small towns. It looked like the crops were flourishing on both sides. There are no pictures at this point because the rain was torrential. The Yalu River at Ji'an is fairly wide, but very tame, even in a storm. The Skinny: The tourist places mentioned are interesting and the surrounding geography is often stunning. The sites are very much evidence of the interconnection between North Korea and China. However, beyond a bird's eye view of the DRK, Ji'an is not a tourist city per se. The activities mentioned are a decent compliment to what is actually an excellent small city. After years of visiting in China, I very much think of it as a place of small towns and villages or unfathomably massive cities. These kinds of small cities, surrounded by such beauty are real gems.

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Yalu Riiver border bridge to North Korea
Oct 2017 • Friends
The first iron bridge on the Yalu River was built in 1911. During the War of Resistance to U.S. Aggression and Aid to Korea, American aircraft bombed the bridges to Korea, and they became to be known as the "Broken Bridges". The side iron bridge was built in 1943 and is now the main passageway for China-Korea tourism and border trade.

The bridge and dam can be viewed by all and people can cross the border bridge and visit North Korea.

For a fee of 25rmb, one can also go on a sightseeing boat on the Yalu River.
Written December 25, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Ji'an is AWESOME; places to visit are good.....
Jul 2015
My family spent 2.5 days in Ji'an (Jilin Province) as part a long road trip that started in Changchun with a convoy of four cars. We absolutely loved Ji'an! At least on the surface, Ji'an, appears to be a very prosperous small city of about 200,000 people. It is a relaxed city and very easy to walk around. The surrounding countryside is stunning, mountainous and has a surprising number of grape farmers that we were told supply the nearby and famous (for winemaking) city of Tonghua. The Yalu River border tourism area consists of three main attractions; the China/North Korea railway bridge, the absolutely massive China/North Korea Sup'ung Dam and Yalu River tours.

The Sup'ung Dam is a massive hydroelectric project, spanning China and North Korea on the Yalu River. The dam is a fairly popular tourist destination, whereby visitors can actually go high onto the structure and venture close to North Korea. It should be stated immediately that visible foreigners CANNOT enter the dam complex. The dam is in a military controlled area where foreigners are prohibited. We had a military officer in our convoy, so I was able to get through the first checkpoint, but I was stopped by a soldier from going onto the dam. Two of the people I travelled with were ex-military and are now active police officers in Changchun. Their friend (who somehow ended up in our van) was still in the military and had been to North Korea several times over issues related to the dam. My companions shot videos of the dam and the village on the North Korean side. You are up very high, but the village is in relatively close proximity. Our group was surprised by some begging children that were close enough to hear. They were not prepared for this to happen.We were told this is not very common.

The Chinese / North Korean train bridge is also in a small Chinese military installation, but it is also another tourist destination. They had no problems with foreigners, and they didn't even check my passport. The military area is modern, but it has a 1970s Maoist feel about it. There area has a very small and grim Japanese garrison house that was built in the 1930s and housed the invading soldiers. The garrison takes about 10 minutes to go through, before heading to the bridge. The bridge is guarded, but you are free to walk a rather shaky stone walkway about 20% across the bridge. I have included several pictures of the train area.

Another popular visitor activity in Ji'an is hiring a motorboat and traversing the Yalu. The boats we hired in the pouring rain were safe, but small and could be chartered for 20 minutes to 2 hours with a driver. The driver often took us within ten metres (20 feet) of North Korean soil. We passed several tiny military watch stations along the shoreline. We were often close enough to stare directly at the soldiers, out having a smoke. The landscape on both sides of the river is mountainous and is mostly rural and dotted with small towns. It looked like the crops were flourishing on both sides. There are no pictures at this point because the rain was torrential. The Yalu River at Ji'an is fairly wide, but very tame, even in a storm.

The Skinny: The tourist places mentioned are interesting and the surrounding geography is often stunning. The sites are very much evidence of the interconnection between North Korea and China. However, beyond a bird's eye view of the DRK, Ji'an is not a tourist city per se. The activities mentioned are a decent compliment to what is actually an excellent small city. After years of visiting in China, I very much think of it as a place of small towns and villages or unfathomably massive cities. These kinds of small cities, surrounded by such beauty are real gems.
Written August 29, 2015
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