February 21, 2024

As Chinese tourism to North Korea soars, local operators feel the strain

Sources report growing pressure on DPRK's limited infrastructure, overcrowding at popular attractions

This is the first in a two part-series on the causes and impact of a recent surge in Chinese tourism to North Korea. You can read part two here.

After what devolved into a rapidly worsening relationship in 2017, the five summits conducted by Xi Jinping and Kim Jong Un since 2018 have improved China-North Korea relations to unprecedented contemporary levels.