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North Korea Winter Delegation: Countdown for Change

Date: 26 Dec 2018 – 1 Jan 2019

Introduction

North Korea Winter Delegation: Countdown for Change 冬季北韓行:倒數變遷 is going to show you the North Korean everyday routine in an unusual winter. It is the best opportunity to observe the impact of Kim Jong Un’s leadership: what has changed after the summit with the US? What is the country really like underneath the glamour of the country’s 70th anniversary? How does the South-North border look like in the “era of no war”? Join us for a skate and a countdown this year, and be the witness of a changing North Korea.

Itinerary

Day 1: 26 December 2018 (Wed)

Programme Started: Shenyang

  • Arrive at Vienna International Hotel 維也納國際酒店 in Shenyang, China 瀋陽市 within the day
  • Overnight at Vienna International Hotel 維也納國際酒店

Day 2: 27 December 2018 (Thu)

Shenyang > Dandong > Pyongyang

  • High speed train from Shenyang to Dandong
  • Train from Dandong to Pyongyang City 平壤市 : throughout the train journey you will be able to meet local Koreans, from young athletes to businessmen – a great opportunity to talk with them and get a brief idea about the world’s most isolated country.
  • Arrival at Pyongyang City, to be greeted by our familiar local guides
  • Visit Kim Il Sung Square 金日成廣場, where one of the largest military parades in the world is held
  • Overnight at Youth Hotel 青年飯店

Day 3: 28 December (Fri)

Pyongyang

  • Extended Ride in Pyongyang Metro 平壤地鐵, the best opportunity to mingle and mix with the local Pyongyang urban dwellers.
  • Arch of Triumph 凱旋門, the architecture built to glorify the greatness of Kim Il Sung, which commemorates the Korean resistance to Japan from 1925 to 1945.
  • Juche Tower 主體思想塔, learn about the country’s governing idea and its survival ideology
  • Private walking at Future Scientist Street 未來科學家街 , walk along the modern street newly built for Pyongyang’s professors and scientists.
  • Lunch in the Pizza Restaurant in Pyongyang , feel the heightening influence of Westernisation in the country.
  • Grand People Study House 人民大學習堂, interacting with adult English students who are from various segments of the society. We will talk to the citizens about the impact of sanctions to their lives.
  • Exclusive visit to a local department store 本地百貨公司 , a rare and exclusive chance to visit Pyongyang’s most popular local department store that is rarely opened for foreign visitors. Learn about the North Korean market and Capitalism here.
  • Overnight at Youth Hotel 青年飯店

Day 4: 29 December (Sat)

Pyongyang > Kaesong > Pyongyang 

  • Depart for Kaesong City 開城市
  • Demilitarized Zone/Panmunjom 三八線/板門店 , be among the first batch of tourists to freely explore Panmunjom!
  • Koryo Museum 高麗博物館 , a UNESCO heritage preserving ancient Korean relics
  • Traditional Pansanggi Lunch 傳統銅碗午餐
  • Private Walk in Kaesong Old Town Centre 開城中心城區, take a walk around simple and traditional city, and see a different North Korea: it is almost the opposite of the hustle and bustle in Pyongyang.
  • Jaman Hill Lookout 子男山丘, enjoy the breath-taking view of Kaesong on the lookout; we may even see locals hanging out in the area.
  • Back to Pyongyang
  • Overnight at Youth Hotel 青年飯店

Day 5: 30 December 2018 (Sun)

Pyongyang 

  • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun 錦繡山太陽宮, formal dressing is required for the visit; as there lays preserved bodies of the two leaders, it is one of the most important places for North Koreans.
  • Bongsu Church 鳳岫教會, the largest church in Pyongyang – we would pay a visit and learn about the religious scene in the country.
  • Mansudae Grand Monument 萬壽台紀念碑, observe how local Koreans pay respect to their political and spiritual leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.
  • Mansudae Art Studio 萬壽臺創作社, one of the biggest art studios in Pyongyang.
  • Take an exclusive tram ride and have a taste of North Koreans’ everyday life.
  • Foreign Language Bookstore, a great opportunity to understand the country through its publications.
  • Overnight at Yanggakdo Hotel 羊角島酒店

Day 6: 31 December 2018 (Mon)

Pyongyang

  • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum 祖國解放戰爭紀念館, learn more about the North Korean version of the Korean War.
  • Exchange session with a Pyongyang Middle School 與北韓中學生交流, an rare opportunity to talk with local students in an informal environment.
  • Private Walk on the newly built Ryomyong Street 黎明大街 – the whole project only took 1 year.
  • Have an exciting ice skating session with locals – enjoy the winter fun together!
  • Enjoy a decent New Year’s Eve dinner.
  • Chill at the local Taedong River Bar 大同江酒吧, relax and chit chat with our friendly Korean guides
  • New Year Countdown to 2019! Join the local celebration with North Koreans and get read for some spectacular fireworks.
  • Overnight at Yanggakdo Hotel 羊角島酒店

Day 7: 1 January 2019 (Tue)

Pyongyang > Dandong > Shenyang

  • Train from Pyongyang to Dandong
  • High-speed train from Dandong to Shenyang
  • Discussion session on current issues related to North Korea, facilitated by our North Korean expert. We will reflect on the North Korean society under the leadership of Kim Jong Un (also called the Byungjin era 並進時代, the emphasis on both military advancement and economic development). We will also discuss the newest development on the Korean Peninsula, given that relationship between the South and the North has improved significantly this year.

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*The above itinerary is for reference only and is subject to change. Registrants will receive a full itinerary with programme details via email.

Programme Fee and Other Details

*Note 1: Walk In Hong Kong (License No.: 353919) is the responsible tour operator of this programme.

*Note 2: South Korean, Japan and US Passport Holders are not allowed to join the trip.

*Note 3: For our policies concerning the security of travelling to the DPRK, please click here.

Programme Fee:
8,600 HKD (1,100 USD) for HKSAR Passport holders
9,100 HKD (1,170 USD) for other passport holders

*Enjoy a $600 Early-bird discount for all confirmed registrants on or before 14 November!*

 

Our Programme Fee includes

  • Application for visa to the DPRK
  • Transportation from China to the DPRK and return (inc. taxes and surcharges)
  • Transportation in China and the DPRK
  • Shared twin-room accommodation in the DPRK (4 nights)
  • All meals in the DPRK
  • Snacks on train in China
  • Two tour guides and one driver per group
  • One Eastern Vision tour mentor per group
  • All entry fees to museums
  • Academic materials
  • Stamp duty (0.15% of Programme Fee) required by Travel Industry Council Reserve Fund

Our Programme Fee excludes

  • Extra meals or souvenirs in the DPRK and China
  • Insurance*
  • Your China visa of double entry**
  • Transportation from Hong Kong (or your place of origin) to Shenyang, China***

*An appropriate and adequate travel insurance is a condition of travelling to the DPRK.

**For some passport holders who need to acquire a visa to enter China, you are reminded to secure a proper visa for double entry, as we will go in and out of China twice.

***Our programme starts and ends at Shenyang. You are free to arrange your own flights/trains to Beijing.

We are not offering any Group Flight Package for this tour as most participants will not be departing from Hong Kong. But get in touch with us if you need advice on this or if you wish to purchase individual flight tickets via our partner travel agency. You can find more details in the Programme Guideline (you will receive this after registration).

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