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Dandong Travel Guide

Overview of Dandong

Dandong is the largest Chinese city to border North Korea, making it the largest hub for business, trade and tourism with North Korea. It is located on the southern border between China and North Korea in China’s Liaoning province. The borders are divided by the Yalu River which flows from Mt. Paektu down to the Yellow Sea (West Sea of Korea). Dandong is easily reachable by domestic trains and flights within China.

Greater Dandong has a population of 2.5 million with roughly 800,000 residents based in the city. Dandong has inherited Han Chinese, Manchurian and ethnic Korean culture, with 80,000 of those residents coming from North Korea.

The North Korean border town city adjacent to Dandong is Sinuiju, a city of roughly 400,000 North Koreans and the DPRK’s largest border city to China. Sinuiju lies on the other side of the Yalu River from Dandong.

Dandong is primarily split into two districts – old town and new district. Dandong old town consists of the majority of the tourist attractions including the Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge which connects Dandong to Sinuiju, the Broken Bridge and Dandong Railway Station. Dandong New District is located 30 minutes away from old town and is used as the economic trade zone for North Korea.

An Introduction by YPT Guide Rowan Beard

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Why Visit Dandong?

Dandong has a few unique attractions that make visiting this quiet border town well worth it. It is home to the east end of the Great Wall of China which is believed to date back to 1469, during the Ming Dynasty, as well as the Yalu River Scenic Area which divides both nations.

Being located so close to North Korea, this is an ideal location for those curious to glimpse North Korean life from across the river as well as sampling North Korean cuisine along the border. Many North Koreans are seen throughout the day running businesses around the city. Chinese vendors can be spotted along the river selling counterfeit Korean stamps, money and propaganda items. North Korean radio and television signals can also be picked up.

Dandong is considered an important historical city due to China’s involvement in the Korean War with battle scars that can still be seen throughout the city today, most prominent of which is the US bombing of the Friendship and Broken Bridge.

If you are planning on visiting North Korea by train you will pass through Dandong, why not make the most of your journey and spend an overnight in the city and explore the unique blend of Chinese and Korean culture? Read more below to find out.

History

Dandong (丹东), formally known as Andong (安東) meaning “pacifying the east” reflecting the influence China had over Korea, was under Japanese occupation from 1894 to 1945. The city was used as a hub to complete all trading done between Japanese Occupied Korea (1910 to 1945) and Manchuria (Northeast China, 1931 to 1945) which was also controlled by the Japanese.

After World War II (1945), the Korean peninsula was left divided and broken. The USSR and China backed North Korea, and the United States and the western world backed the South. The Korean War broke out in June 1950, which kicked off greater tensions between two of the most powerful nations at the time, which was the forefront to the Cold War.

During the Korean War, in October 1950, the Chinese formed the People’s Liberation Volunteer Army and marched their infantry across the Yalu River Bridge and the now known Broken Bridge to provide ground support for both the North Koreans and the Soviet soldiers.

The following month in November to February of 1951, the United States strategically flew B-29 and B-17 bombers, as well as F-80 fighter jets over North Korean airspace and bombed both Dandong bridges multiple times on the North Korean side to avoid a direct attack on the Chinese but to stop the flow of Chinese support and aid. More bridges further up the Yalu River were also destroyed as part of the greater strategic bombing campaign on North Korea

The Korean War ended in 1953 and the focus of the city was shifted from war to the coal and seafood industry which the majority was imported from North Korea. Huanghai Motors is headquartered in Dandong producing busses, trucks and vans for the Chinese and North Korean economy.

From the early 2000s, Dandong saw a rise in domestic tourism after being awarded the ‘Best Tourist City’ for 2001 and the ‘Cleanest City’ in 2005 by the National Tourism Administration of China. In 2015 trading with North Korea made up for more than 80% of Dandong’s total GDP but numbers have greatly slumped in recent years due to ongoing UN sanctions set against North Korea.

Things to do in Dandong

Visit North Korea

Young Pioneer Tours offers day trips to Sinuiju – the border town city of North Korea. Tours start from 1900RMB per person and include exploring Sinuiju Central Square, photos of the giant bronze statue of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, visit the Revolutionary museum, stop by a local Kindergarten and experience a traditional North Korean lunch.

For those interested in visiting PyongyangUltra Budget tours start and finish in Dandong with 2 nights inclusive in the North Korean capital starting from 475 euros per person.

Broken Bridge – 断桥

The Broken Bridge was originally called the Qingcheng Bridge and was built by the Japanese between 1909 and 1911. It was the very first bridge to connect North Korea and China. The bridge spanned 944.2 meters (3,098 feet) long and had 12 arches, one of the arches was able to rotate to allow bigger ships on the Yalu River to pass.

The US bombed the bridge which was repaired multiple times during the war but was left destroyed after the war. The Chinese proposed to the North Koreans to repair the bridge but the North Koreans wanted the bridge to be left as it was as a reminder to what the Americans did during the war.

It is possible to walk on the broken bridge for spectacular views of both Dandong and Sinuiju city as well as the Yalu River. You are able to walk up to the arch that was designed to rotate the bridge open and see the remarkable mechanical structure for that era.

The Bridge opens from 8:30am to 4:30pm and requires an entrance ticket. It’s well worth standing near the bridge at night for a fantastic photo of both the Friendship and Broken bridge. The bridge is easily accessible by walking from the railway station.

Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge – 中朝友谊桥

The Friendship Bridge was built between 1937 and 1941 by the Japanese during World War II. The bridge has one railway line and one traffic lane which can be used by trucks, tourist busses and cars. The steel used to construct this 940.8 metre (3,087 feet) long structure was made in Nazi Germany and shipped to China.

Originally known as the Yalu River Bridge, it too experienced harsh bombing campaigns. However, being a modern bridge at the time both the Chinese and North Koreans agreed to repair this bridge so trade and supplies between the two nations can resume. You can see the difference between the original part of the bridge and the repaired section as the original has arches above the bridge, whilst the new section does not, to cut on cost.

When taking the train in or out of North Korea this is the bridge that is used. When partaking in a one-day tour to Sinuiju your bus will also cross this bridge. It is not possible to walk along this bridge as it is heavily monitored by both Chinese and North Korean military for immigration and custom purposes.

Tiger Mountain (Hu Shan) – Great Wall of China – 虎山长城

The Tiger Mountain section of the Great Wall of China is the most eastern part of the Great Wall. It finishes on top of Tiger Mountain which was used to intimidate Korea when the late Ming dynasty were defending China from any possible foreign invaders.

This particular section of the wall is a lot quieter than other sections found in Beijing or Hebei province, so for those who are wanting a Great Wall experience without the crowds, I couldn’t recommend this enough. Climbing to the top of the mountain via the steps can become quite physically demanding but the views of North Korea from above are spectacular.

It is located 12km north of the city, and can be reached by a twenty-minute taxi ride. Climbing up and back down the mountain takes usually around two to three hours.

Yalu River Scenic Boat Ride

Tourist Wharf #1 is located on the south side of the Broken Bridge and they offer 30-minute boat rides for tourists from the broken bridge, down to Moon Island and back. This gives you a great advantage to look at Sinuiju port and the city’s waterpark built on the river bank which is popular during summer. You may stand on the top of the boat with a capacity of 100 people for fresh air and uninterrupted photos.

Tourist Wharf #2 is located on the north side of the Broken Bridge and offer 30-minute boat rides from Broken Bridge up to Huihwa Island which belongs to North Korea. This can give you a close look at a North Korean cooperative farm and small village.

YPT Justin Martell guides on the Yalu Boat Ride taken from Tourist Wharf #2

Jinjiang Mountain

Mt. Jinjiang is located to the west of the railway station and is easily accessible by a 10-minute walk. The park is very popular to visit by local families on the weekend and by the elderly community during the weekdays as they gather to sing Chinese revolutionary or folklore songs.

During the Korean War a giant ammunition bunker was dug into the mountain by the Chinese Military and still remains. You may find a few caged off entrances around the lower end of the mountains.

The walk to the top can be completed within 30-minutes and there are multiple paths to take which make it quite adventurous. Each path is covered with handrails. Once reaching the top you can walk up the stairs of two different pagoda towers for an impressive view of Dandong and North Korea.

Dandong Zoo – is located on the mountain and has tigers, Asian bears, monkeys and deer in their exhibits. Please note that these exhibits are quite outdated so if you’re not a fan of seeing animals in low-quality captivity you have been warned.

Dandong Funfair – is located next to the zoo and their rides have recently been refurbished. The park is great for kids under 10.

Moon Island

Located about 20 minutes walking distance south from Broken Bridge or a 7-minute taxi ride from the railway station – Moon Island was turned into a tourist spot during the early 2000s. The island has a few restaurants and outdoor drinking venues that are worth visiting during summer. The island is the closest you can get to North Korea without boarding a boat.

Mao Zedong Statue

Chairman Mao was a Chinese communist revolutionary who became the founding father of the People’s Republic of China and led the country from 1949 until his death in 1976. A statue was erected outside of Dandong Railway Station during the 1980s to commemorate his role in the founding of modern China.

Fenghuang (Phoenix) Mountain 凤凰山

The most famous mountain in the Dandong region and one of the four famed mountains in Liaoning province, Phoenix Mountain is separated into four scenic areas – West Mountain, East Mountain, Ancient City and Temple Valley. The mountain beholds elevated steep cliffs, deep caves, unique plants as well as stunning scenery in all four seasons.

Visiting the mountain requires an entrance ticket and you are guided on a path from the bottom of Temple Valley up to East Mountain via cable car, hiking is also an option. Scaling the top of the mountain provides incredible views of the mountain and the valley below. The highest peak of the mountain is 836.4 metres. There is a glass walking bridge available on the West Mountain for extra cost.

Phoenix Mountain can be reached by bus from the Long-Distance Bus Terminal for 8RMB and takes a little over an hour to reach, or by a 35-minute taxi.

Memorial of the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid North Korea

The only museum in China that openly discusses and gives a comprehensive view of the events that unfolded during the Korean War.

The museum was opened on July 27th, 1993 by Hu Jintao, former Chinese President, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice Agreement in Panmunjom (the ceasefire agreement to the Korean War).  

Since 2013 the museum has been closed for renovations and has been delayed by ongoing scandals involving embezzlements of the renovation fund. As of 2020 it still is not open and no further news has been confirmed as to when the museum will reopen.

The museum complex was designed and built using Chinese traditional style. It consists of the exhibition hall, a Panoramic painting viewing hall and the Memorial Tower. The Outdoor Weapons Exhibition Park includes a steam train, tanks, aircraft, and anti-aircraft vehicles used and captured by the Chinese during the Korean War.

Previously, the museum had more than 20,000 cultural relics including battle reports, maps, medals, photographs and videos captured by the Chinese, providing a vivid insight into the war.

The lobby has a large sculpture of Mao Zedong and General Peng Dehuai, who led the Chinese war effort, with carvings of songs written during the war as well as the commands given by Chairman Mao to the People’s Voluntary Army soldiers.   

The Panoramic painting viewing hall is 28.4 meters high and 46 meters wide. It takes up two floors and depicts the battle of Qingchuan River. The Memorial Tower is 53 meters tall and symbolizes the victory of the war according to the Chinese.

Borderlands Tour

Dandong is the starting point of our signature Borderlands tour which takes you through all the major border town cities within China, where North Koreans, Chinese Koreans and even South Koreans mingle. We also provide you with views into the DPRK that are impossible to see even when you’re in the DPRK. The trip includes a visit to Mt. Changbai (长白山) or known as Mt. Paektu to the Koreans which China and the DPRK share the mountain territory.

How to get to Dandong

Dandong is easily reachable from most of China by rail, connecting international flights, road or by sea from South Korea.

Train

Dandong Railway Station – 丹东火车站

Dandong has a modern train station located in the heart of the city. Both Chinese domestic and international trains to North Korea depart and arrive at this station. The majority of domestic trains depart from the lower floor. The second floor is used for customs and immigration when exiting and entering China from North Korea.

Trains in China are reliable, comfortable and cheap. For more information follow our link about Chinese trains here.

Beijing – the capital city of China is located 840km from Dandong. There are two fast trains scheduled daily between Beijing South Railway Station and Dandong Railway Station. One in the morning and one in the afternoon. The travel time is six and a half hours. There is an overnight sleeper train scheduled daily departing from Beijing Railway Station which we highly recommend as the travel time is only 14 hours, you have your own bed, and you can rest before arriving in each city.

Shenyang – the capital of Liaoning province, is located 220km northwest of Dandong, a fast train service connecting both cities runs every half an hour with a journey of only an hour and a half. Fast train schedules begin at 7:00am and finish at 8:00pm.

Dalian – a major port city of Liaoning province is 300km away from Dandong with a fast train running every hour with a total travel time of two and a half hours. Train schedules begin at 6:30am and finish at 8:00pm.

Shanghai – located 1350km away from Dandong, there is a direct fast train between both cities departing daily from Shanghai Hongqiao Station and Dandong Railway Station. Total travel time is 11 hours and 50 minutes. Overnight train journeys are available and take around 24 hours.

Harbin – the capital of Heilongjiang province, and most famous for its Ice Festival, is 800km away from Dandong. There is one daily direct fast train available between both cities which takes four hours. Alternatively, Shenyang can be used as a transfer station for two fast train services.

Changchun – the capital of Jilin province, is 550km away from Dandong. There are multiple fast train services between both cities with a travel time of three hours.

Pyongyang – the capital of North Korea, is 160km away from Dandong. There is one daily international train departing to China at 10:25am and arriving at 4:00pm. The journey is broken up by going through DPRK and Chinese immigration which can take up to two hours.

Moscow – there are no direct trains from Dandong to Moscow as some travel blogs may claim. Although, it is possible to get a train to Beijing and transit to the Trans-Mongolian Train which departs once a week on Wednesday morning from Beijing Railway Station.

Flight

Dandong Langtou Airport – 丹东浪头机场

Dandong Airport was originally built as a military airport during the Korean War for both the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) and Korean People’s Air Force (KPAF). The airport underwent major renovations to the terminal and runway during 2018 and reopened in 2019. The airport currently serves both military and civilian jets.

Flights between Dandong and other major cities in China are prone to last minute cancellation due to harsh weather conditions caused by fog or lack of passengers. To avoid disappointment, it is best to check online if recent flights successfully departed.

The airport is 15km away from the city and takes 30 minutes to reach by taxi. Before entering a taxi, confirm the price with the driver. Drivers rarely use their meter when travelling between the airport and the city. The fare is 30RMB from city to the airport, coming back from the airport to the city is usually around 50RMB. If the driver isn’t lowering his price, walk away, they’ll change their mind.

Beijing – there is one Air China flight daily between Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 3 and Dandong airport, departing Beijing 4:30pm and arriving 6:30pm. The return journey departs Dandong at 7:20pm and arrives into Beijing 9:20pm.

Shanghai – there is one China Southern flight daily between Shanghai Pudong Airport and Dandong, departing Shanghai 1:25pm and arriving 3:30pm. The return flight departs Dandong at 3:30pm and arrives at 5:30pm.

Pyongyang – chartering flights to Pyongyang is possible with Air Koryo

Overnight Ferry – Dandong to Incheon (South Korea)

The Port of Dandong (丹东港) is located in Donggang county, 35km south of the city. It is possible to reach this city by bus (5RMB) or you can hire a taxi for 100RMB and will take an hour via the highway.

Every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday the overnight ferry departs at 4:00pm to Incheon in South Korea arriving at 9:00am the following day.

The Dandong Ferry was a former Japanese ferry and was sold to a Chinese cruise company which now operates directly between those two cities. It is fitted with a cafeteria, a pizza restaurant, and an outside bar located at the stern. It’s a comfortable way to travel between China and South Korea with incredible views of the North Korean coastline.

Dandong to Incheon Ferry tickets

VIP Class (2 people/cabin): €295 per person (only 3 cabins in each ferry, this books out quite early)

2nd Class (4 people/cabin): €225 per person

3rd Class (6 people/cabin): €200 per person

4th Class (multiple people/cabin): €195 per person

Please note you must check-in before 2pm to board your ferry. The price does not include the local port tax which is 30RMB (pay the ticket collected before boarding) and the meal on the ferry is 30RMB – 50RMB per person per meal.

Bus

Dandong Long-Distance Bus Terminal was renovated in 2019 and is located across the road from the railway station. Busses are available between Beijing, Shenyang, Dalian, Benxi, Chaoyang, Fushun, Tieling, Changchun, Jilin and Harbin. 

Buses departing for Fenghuang Mountain or Port of Dandong also depart from this terminal.

Taxi

Taxi drivers that specialise in driving between Dandong to Shenyang or Dalian are available around the train station. Prices are around 250RMB per person and the car can fit up to four passengers. If you’re travelling solo the driver will wait until the car is full unless you want to pay the full 4-person fee yourself.

Taxis around the city start from 6RMB. Drivers are very friendly and curious about travellers and will try their best to take you to your correct destination. Although Dandong is a border town city the majority of drivers speak only Chinese. 

Hotels

Dandong offers a variety of accommodation depending on your needs and budget. Below is our list of recommendations when staying overnight.

Dantie Railway Hotel – a clean three-star hotel located right next to the railway station. Once exiting the railway station, you can find the statue of Mao pointing directly towards the hotel, super easy to find. There is one staff member who can speak English and if she isn’t available the front desk call her to assist. We recommend to stay here as it’s fairly cheap and has decent views of the central square, North Korea and of the railway yard.

Hilton Garden Inn Hotel – The Garden Inn is the Hilton’s 5-star mid-price little brother. Rooms are maintained well, clean and staff here speak English. It’s worth paying extra for the great views of North Korea. If you don’t opt for the riverside view, you’ll have a great view of Mt. Jinjiang. The breakfast buffet is the best in the city and is usually 100RMB extra per person.

Wanda Realm Dandong – the only 5-star experience in the city. It’s located next to Wanda Plaza, the rooms are very spacious, it has English speaking staff, and the cocktail bar here is well worth checking out. The have a western bakery in the lobby, worth buying some as snacks before you take the train to North Korea.

Bless House Youth Hostel – located on Moon Island, a decent 7-minute cab ride away from the railway station. The Youth Hostel is one of the cleanest we’ve experienced in China. Private and dorm rooms are kept very well and staff speak English. There are no direct views of North Korea from the hostel, but it is well worth a walk around the island.

What to eat in Dandong?

Being based right on the river and the sea, this gives this little border city quite the advantage when it comes to seafood and a great mix of Chinese and Korean food.

Pyongyang Cold Noodles – the most iconic national dish of North Korea is available in Dandong. The Chinese have added their own unique style so it’s not exactly what you’d find in Pyongyang but it’s definitely worth having a try. It’s most commonly found in any North Korean restaurant or a few Chinese noodle shops.

North Korean Food – head to Korea Street (高丽街) located in the heart of the city and take your pick from rows of Korean restaurants. These restaurants are owned by ethnic Korean Chinese families. Korean BBQ is most popular with tourists and highly recommended.

For those who are conscious about dog meat, the majority of restaurants don’t offer it but it is available at some for those who are keen to try something new. The staff will repeat and remind you this is a dog dish so it isn’t something that’s accidentally ordered.

The majority of North Korean state-owned restaurants closed down in 2019 due to UN sanctions. Arirang Restaurant along the riverside is opened but is now staffed by Chinese, it will be the closest North Korean eating experience you’ll find in the border town.

Dandong Street BBQ – this defines the city’s nightlife. The street BBQ here is unique to other cities in the Northeast of China by having easy access to very fresh seafood from both the Yalu River and the Yellow Sea. Easily found on any street corner, however we highly recommend Chunwulu (春五路)for the best.

Chicken Egg Crepe Jidanguozi 鸡蛋果子 – The best way to start your morning on the go. This unique savoury crepe is incredibly quick to make, is very cheap and is the energy you need for starting a scorching hot, or a freezing morning in the city. Highly recommended if you’re passing through or on your way in or out of North Korea. Can be found on any street corner.

Iron Pot Fish 铁锅鱼 – A traditional dish found in the Northeast but it’s done right in here. A giant iron pot is built into your table and heated by wood. The heat from the pot flows into your chairs which is perfect for a winter meal. You can choose your fish from the fish tank and watch the staff bring it directly to your pot to watch it cook in front of you. A great dinner to eat for up to four.

Strawberries – Believe it or not, Dandong is most famous in China for not being a border town but for the strawberries grown in the local farms and exported to every corner of the Middle Kingdom. The strawberries are large, juicy and very cheap to buy within the city.

Nightlife

Dandong is considered a small quiet city where families expect their family members to return back home in time for dinner. “Going out” for a local means going out for BBQ and having a lot of beers or Chinese baijiu. However, there are a few bars worth checking out which tend to be busier on Friday or the weekend evening.

乐事屋 COFFEE PUB (formally known as Fun House) – located along the riverside (振兴区开发区G区44号楼101), opens around 6pm until late. The bar owner, Daniel, is a local, very friendly and speaks great English. This bar offers imported beer on tap such as Guinness and craft beer from China and Japan. Cocktails are available and delicious. The bar is rather pricey by Dandong standards but if you can prove to him you’re doing a North Korean tour with YPT, he will give discounts.

Muse Bar– located on Binhaigonglu (滨海公路), not far from Coffee Pub, this bar is usually the last bar left open even when it’s not busy. No English speakers here but the drinks menu is simple enough to follow. Live performances and Karaoke singing by local performers.

Russian Restaurant 俄罗斯酒吧 – This bar serves a decent fusion of Russian and Chinese meals and offers a great variety of Russian beers that are very reasonably priced.

Joy Pub 酒瘾酒吧 – located behind Wanda Plaza, this is a popular bar for Dandong expats. The bar owner’s English isn’t great but he’s a very enthusiastic bartender and brews his own beers. The IPA is worth trying. A professional poker table is available to patrons too. Very cheap prices.

Shopping

Wanda Plaza 万达广场is the largest and most modern shopping mall in the city. It has Uniqlo, H&M, Miniso, Burger King, Starbucks, Pizza Hut, MacDonald’s, KFC, a supermarket, a Chinese & Korean food court and an IMAX.

Xinliu Shopping Mall 新柳商 – a three level market selling items from clothing, furniture, personal care products, backpacks, electronics, stationary, and house hold items. This market is popular for North Koreans stocking up on items before returning home to North Korea.

Women’s Street 女人街 – outdated and not as popular as it used to be back in the 90s but a vintage part of the city to explore. The stores here mostly focus on China’s Northeast fashion but at night some great BBQ stalls open just outside the mall.

Understand

Dandong is a relatively sensitive city due to its proximity to North Korea. The Chinese Government enforces laws to prevent any issues with their neighbours. These laws include illegally exiting China and entering North Korea, throwing items across the border, and photography of Chinese or North Korean military personnel.

Chinese border patrol officers are regularly seen monitoring the Yalu River. If you have any concerns, they are willing to assist but please do not photograph the soldiers without permission.

Crime is incredibly low and locals are very helpful to tourists who will go out of their way to make recommendations for you. There are very little English services available in the city so be sure to come prepared with a translation app on your phone.

Northeast Chinese are famous for being heavy drinkers, and it is quite common for them to invite you to join them. It is a part of Chinese customs that the inviter covers the bill but it is still polite to offer.

North Koreans visiting or living in China keep to themselves. If you bump into a group at a restaurant or on the street it’s best to keep it to a simple wave. It’s considered impolite in North Korean custom to approach a stranger if you aren’t invited. Being abrupt with your approach or wanting to take a photo of them may result in them turning their back on you. With saying this, alcohol is a fantastic social lubricant.

Dandong New District – 丹东新区

Dandong New District was built 20km south of old town or 30 minutes away by car to anticipate and support the growing economic trade between China and North Korea. China had constructed tall modern residential apartments, shopping malls and Dandong’s first international school was opened by Taiwan to accommodate Chinese, Russian and North Korean students. A giant Ferris wheel was built along the river to attract tourists. North Korea had also relocated their consulate from old town to New District to provide more office space and staff.

However, due to ongoing sanctions and embargos, the new district that heavily relies on trade from their neighbours is still yet to reach its potential and remains mostly empty these days.

New Yalu River Bridge -新鸭绿江大桥

China began constructing a 3km (1.9 miles) long bridge spanning across the Yalu River connecting Dandong New District to south of Sinuiju which plans for a Special Economy Trade Zone were to be built. A large customs and immigration building were built on China’s side to accommodate the six-traffic lane behemoth. The project costs were estimated over $350 million dollars.

The opening date of the bridge was intended for 2014 but was met with delays on the DPRK side. Whilst the bridge looks complete it’s impossible to cross as roads are yet to be completed on the other side. In 2019 construction work on the North Korean side began with the aid of China with aims to completely open the bridge in 2021.

When is the best time to visit Dandong?

Dandong has four distinct seasons with plentiful sunshine during summer and a white snow experience in winter. From June to September the city can be between 25 degrees to 35 degrees, making it one of the warmest cities in the Northeast.

October to November the city receives a lot of attention as the trees turn golden brown, a picturesque Autumn. December to February can see Dandong drop to temperatures of -15 degrees, winter jackets and thermals are essential. Most of the outdoor BBQ venues move inside as the city adapts to staying warm. Spring tends to bloom from April to May and brings back a lot of city life after the winter period.

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