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“Definitely a must when in Dandong”

Yalu River Broken Bridge
Ranked #1 of 29 things to do in Dandong
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Bamaga, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
133 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Definitely a must when in Dandong”
Reviewed June 3, 2013

I think most foreigners in Dandong visit because of it's close proximity to North Korea. Well, technically, you are in NK if you walk to the end of the bridge!!!

The bridge is a piece of history (which was bombed by the Americans in the Korean War) and really shouldn't be missed when in Dandong. It costs 27RMB which we felt was a reasonable price. It is well maintained.

It is also really interesting to see the differences between the coastline of China and NK. Especially at night when walking on the river, you see very few lights on the NK side while the Chinese side is beautifully lit up.

Visited June 2013
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New York City, New York
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137 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“Echoes of history... Surprisingly moving...”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

A colleague recommended we visit Dandong and although I was initially skeptical, the visit and in particular the Yalu River Bridge was interesting and even surprisingly moving.

Its just a bridge that stops halfway across the river. But at the end there are twisted ends to the beams that end abruptly. The contrast between the Chinese side and the North Korean side is made even starker by the ferris wheel that is totally incongruous and apparently not even functional on the North Korean side.

Visited March 2013
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Shenyang, China
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Worth A Visit”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

I enjoyed my walk on the Friendship Bridge to experience this little bit of history. It was peaceful and there is no spitting allowed which was a nice bonus. If you are interested in history and North Korea, it's worth the 27 yuan.

Visited May 2013
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Munich, Germany
Level 6 Contributor
142 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Strange feeling to walk here”
Reviewed May 2, 2013

The bridge was a strange place to visit I think, but very nice too. Unfortunately most of the information was only in Chinese so although there were interesting signs along the bridge there was little we understood.

From the end of the bridge you can see North Korea quite closely and if you have binoculars or a good telescope lens with you (or you can pay some yuans to use the binoculars onsite).

The entry fee was 27 yuan (April 2013) although it said 30 yuan on the sign.

Visited April 2013
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Dalian, China
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7 reviews
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“History Revealed”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

Maybe it is just a bridge, but it makes us realized how big a difference it is between China and North Korea. You will be amazed especially for the building and the environment, ticket to look closer to North Korea by walking on the bridge is 27 yuan. There are a few people walking in North Korea but it is very quiet, you can also see the unused ferris wheel, and you can read the history by reading the boards on the bridge, it is good experience.

Visited October 2012
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