Theme Week North Korea – Pyongyang

27 March 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

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© flickr.com – uritours.com/cc-by-sa-2.0

Pyongyang is the capital and largest city of North Korea. Pyongyang is located on the Taedong River about 109 kilometers (68 mi) upstream from its mouth on the Yellow Sea. According to the 2008 population census, it has a population of 3,255,288. Pyongyang is a directly-administered city with equal status to North Korean provinces. Pyongyang is the political, industrial and transport center of North Korea. It is home to North Korea’s major government institutions, as well as the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea. Pyongyang is in the west-central part of North Korea; the city lies on a flat plain about 50 kilometres (31 mi) east of the Korea Bay, an arm of the Yellow Sea. The Taedong River flows southwestward through the city toward the Korea Bay. The Pyongyang plain, where the city is situated, is one of the two large plains on the Western coast of the Korean peninsula, the other being the Chaeryong plain. Both have an area of approximately 500 square kilometers.   read more…

Theme Week North Korea – Sinuiju

26 March 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Aerial view of Downtown Sinuiju with Sino-North Korean Friendship Bridge as seen from Dandong in China © Baycrest/cc-by-sa-2.5

Aerial view of Downtown Sinuiju with Sino-North Korean Friendship Bridge as seen from Dandong in China
© Baycrest/cc-by-sa-2.5

Sinŭiju (known before 1925 in English as Yeng Byen City) is a city in North Korea which faces Dandong, China across the international border of the Yalu River. It is the capital of North P’yŏngan province. Part of the city is included in the Sinŭiju Special Administrative Region, which was established in 2002 to experiment with introducing a market economy. In recent years, the city, despite lagging behind the development in the capital Pyongyang, has seen a small construction boom and increasing tourism from China.   read more…

Theme Week North Korea – Hamhung

25 March 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Mass Dance © flickr.com - Mario Micklisch/cc-by-2.0

Mass Dance © flickr.com – Mario Micklisch/cc-by-2.0

Hamhŭng is North Korea‘s second largest city, and the capital of South Hamgyŏng Province. With an estimated population of 768,551, Hamhung is the second largest city by population in the whole country of North Korea. Located in the southern part of the South Hamgyong province, Hamhung is the main and most popular metropolitan area in the whole province, and serves for almost all tourism by foreigners to the province. Hamhung has a thriving local economy compared to other metropolitan areas in North Korea, and it is known by North Koreans as a great area of architectural construction that was centrally planned, and built by the government of North Korea.   read more…

Theme Week North Korea – Kaesong

24 March 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

The Goryeo Museum © Bjørn Christian Tørrissen/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Goryeo Museum © Bjørn Christian Tørrissen/cc-by-sa-3.0

Kaesong is a special city in the southern part of North Korea (formerly in North Hwanghae Province), and the capital of Korea during the Taebong kingdom and subsequent Goryeo dynasty. The city is near the Kaesong Industrial Region close to the border with South Korea and contains the remains of the Manwoldae palace. Called Songdo while it was the ancient capital of Goryeo, the city prospered as a trade centre that produced Korean ginseng. Kaesong now functions as the DPRK’s light industry centre.   read more…

Theme Week North Korea – Wonsan

23 March 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© panoramio.com - stngiam/cc-by-sa-3.0

© panoramio.com – stngiam/cc-by-sa-3.0

Wŏnsan, previously known as Wŏnsanjin, Port Lazarev, and Genzan, is a port city and naval base located in Kangwŏn Province, North Korea, along the eastern side of the Korean Peninsula, on Sea of Japan and the provincial capital. The port was opened by occupying Japanese forces in 1880. Before the 1950–1953 Korean War, it fell within the jurisdiction of the then South Hamgyŏng province, and during the war it was the location of the Blockade of Wŏnsan. The population of the city was estimated at 329,207 in 2013. Notable people from Wŏnsan include Kim Ki-nam, a diplomat and former Vice Chairman of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea.   read more…

Theme Week North Korea

22 March 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

Pyongyang © flickr.com - John Pavelka7cc-by-2.0

Pyongyang © flickr.com – John Pavelka7cc-by-2.0

North Korea, they officially call themselves the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK or DPR Korea), is a country in East Asia constituting the northern part of the Korean Peninsula. The country is bordered to the north by China and by Russia along the Amnok (known as the Yalu in Chinese) and Tumen rivers, and to the south by South Korea, with the heavily fortified Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating the two. North Korea, like its southern counterpart, claims to be the legitimate government of the entire peninsula and adjacent islands. Pyongyang is the country’s capital and largest city.   read more…

Pearl River Delta in China

12 March 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Casinos in Macao © Diego Delso/cc-by-sa-3.0

Casinos in Macao © Diego Delso/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Pearl River Delta Metropolitan Region (PRD) is the low-lying area surrounding the Pearl River estuary, where the Pearl River flows into the South China Sea. It is one of the most densely urbanized regions in the world, and is often considered a megacity. It is now the wealthiest region in South China and one of the wealthiest in the whole of China along with the Yangtze River Delta in East China and Jingjinji in North China. The region’s economy is referred to as Pearl River Delta Economic Zone. It is also part of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area.   read more…

Mount Lu in China

8 March 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

Hanpo Pass © panoramio.com - rheins/cc-by-3.0

Hanpo Pass © panoramio.com – rheins/cc-by-3.0

Mount Lu or Lushan, also known as Kuanglu in ancient times, is situated in the northern part of Jiangxi province in Central China, and is one of the most renowned mountains in the country. It is located primarily in Lushan county-level city in Jiujiang Prefecture, although the northern portions are found in Lianxi District which was formerly known as Lushan District and until 2016 covered the majority of the Mount Lu. The oval-shaped mountains are about 25 kilometers (16 mi) long and 10 kilometers (6.2 mi) wide, and neighbors Jiujiang city and the Yangtze River to the north, Nanchang city to the south, and Poyang Lake to the east. Its highest point is Dahanyang Peak, reaching 1,474 meters (4,836 ft) above sea level, and is one of the hundreds of steep peaks that towers above a sea of clouds that encompass the mountains for almost 200 days out of the year. Mount Lu is known for its grandeur, steepness, and beauty, and is part of Lushan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996, and a prominent tourist attraction, especially during the summer months when the weather is cooler in the mountains than elsewhere.   read more…

Chinese New Year 2021

12 February 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Chinese New Year Fireworks over Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong © flickr.com - Michael Elleray/cc-by-2.0

Chinese New Year Fireworks over Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong © flickr.com – Michael Elleray/cc-by-2.0

Chinese New Year is the festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. In Chinese culture and East Asian countries, the festival is commonly referred to as the Spring Festival as the spring season in the lunisolar calendar traditionally starts with lichun, the first of the twenty-four solar terms which the festival celebrates around the time of. Marking the end of winter and the beginning of the spring season, observances traditionally take place from New Year’s Eve, the evening preceding the first day of the year to the Lantern Festival, held on the 15th day of the year. The first day of Chinese New Year begins on the new moon that appears between 21 January and 20 February. In 2021, the first day of the Chinese New Year will be on Friday, 12 February, which is the Year of the Ox.   read more…

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