November 29, 2023
Border Controls

China resumes North Korea border tourism despite COVID restrictions on DPRK side

Reopened attractions could pose test to Pyongyang, which fears new variants could spread across the border

Chinese border cities reopened tourist spots overlooking North Korea this month following the reported elimination of local COVID-19 transmission in the region, creating potential headaches for Pyongyang’s anti-epidemic policies as it warns that new variants could blow over from abroad. 

The Millennium Cliff City Scenic Area, a tourist attraction in Baishan that features a glass-floor walkway jutting out above the shore of North Korea’s Hyesan, reported the resumption of operations on Aug. 5.