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Border crossing

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

Apparently people crossing the border from Russia or North Korea want to buy the following things as souvenirs:

  • AK-47 brand vodka
  • Matryoshka dolls (Russian nesting dolls)
  • “Fighting” knives
  • Fur-lined hats
  • Playing cards with naked women on the back

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Side trips to Russia and North Korea

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

Hunchun borders North Korea and Russia, and those are the main tourist attractions. Here’s me returning from my trip to Russia:

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At the North Korean border, they wouldn’t let us take pictures. At the observation point on the China side, they told us that pictures are OK if you’re not a foreigner or in a group containing foreigners. Some of the guards seemed embarrassed to say this, but others played up the fact that we were at a “military installation”.

Here’s the view from the military installation with Russia to the left of the road, North Korea to the right of the river, and China in the triangle in between:

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