New Year 2017 started for me in North Korea. In Pyongyang – the capital, to be exact. I traveled to North Korea by train from China, arriving in Pyongyang. As I was part of a Chinese tour group – mostly students. There were 15 of us; I was the only foreigner. We departed from the Chinese border city of Dandong on the morning of December 31st, arriving in the early evening for New Year’s Eve. I had an English-speaking North Korean minder assigned to me within this Chinese tour group, while in Pyongyang and everywhere while traveling the DPRK, up until the return-train bound for Dandong. While Pyongyang is mostly stark concrete blocks, the city also shows off some serious bling. Top: Great Parade ground – empty after New Year; Middle L to R: famous pyramid tower hotel that remains an unfinished shell since Soviet-collapse days; Massive palatial mausoleum of the last two Kim leaders; prestigious apartment tower block in “Science” street; Below: Old city wall gate near the riverfront in the morning. FACT: Most of the tour is a guided rush, where a lot of sights – and authentic city views – are glimpsed only from windows in a flash. Such is the nature of traveling North Korea. Traveling the subway in Pyongyang – North- Korea Travels in North Korea – 2016-17 Please leave this field empty ENJOY MORE Receive my Quarterly Newsletter with exclusive updates, ebooks & other freebies from 30+ years of world travel adventures. Please check your inbox or spam folder to confirm your subscription. Please leave this field empty ENJOY MORE Receive my Quarterly Newsletter with exclusive updates, ebooks & other freebies from 30+ years of world travel adventures. Please check your inbox or spam folder to confirm your subscription.