New Year 2018 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 and 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, 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 around North Korea. Traveling the subway in Pyongyang—North- Korea Travels in North Korea – 2018 Please leave this field emptyJoin the Journey Get my FREE book of Crazy Travels & occasional updates Your email * Check your inbox or spam folder to confirm your subscription. Please leave this field emptyJoin the Journey Get my FREE book of Crazy Travels & occasional updates Your email * Check your inbox or spam folder to confirm your subscription.