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Lawrence Steele is the pseudonym for an NK News correspondent on the China-North Korea border.
CHANGBAI MOUNTAIN, China – Amid the constant bustle of tour groups, there is no mistaking this scenic mountain’s status as a major tourist draw.
Chinese and Korean-Chinese flock to this peak, spilt in two by the North Korea-China border, for its spectacular scenery and hot springs. To North Koreans on the other side of the national boundary, Mount Paektu, as they call it, is the revered, if fictional, birthplace of late leader Kim Jong Il.