Tumen, a Chinese city bordering North Korea, recently launched the first cycling tour to North Korea
The three-hour tour takes in North Korean war memorials, the former leader's portrait and local foods
North Korea has approved more cross-border tours in recent years, spurring tourism from China
Exploring the mysterious nation of North Korea just got a lot easier – at least if you’re Chinese.
A new scheme has been announced that provides Chinese citizens with an (almost) hassle-free visa to North Korea within a day, specifically for cycling day trips.
The trip, including the visa, costs around $50.
Some 35 Chinese tourists embarked on the first short cycling tour on May 2.
They cycled across the border from Tumen, in the northeast of China, and visited Nanyang City in North Korea before returning to China the same day.
The group visited Nanyang train station, the Korean War Hero Martyrs Monument, a portrait of Kim Il Sung, The Tower of Immortality, attended a show and sampled local snacks from a small farm market behind Nanyang International Hotel.
That hotel is where Kim Il Sung reportedly met Zhou Baozhong, a famous Chinese World War II general.
The first trip took a little more than three hours.