February 22, 2020

At hotspot for Chinese tourists, dark tales of N.Korean defection
Popular destination for tourists, mythologizing is also popular spot for border-crossers
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