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Shanghai: New route from China to North Korea

It isn't exactly a wide-open commercial route, but at least the door is slightly ajar. Korean Air charter flights will start flying from Shanghai to Pyongyang on August 6, 2010, when the first group of tourists will take advantage of this (rather slight) liberalization of North Korean travel rules.

The goal, of course, is to "help to further promote cooperation and exchanges between China and North Korea in trade, tourism and culture," according to People's Daily Online.

It doesn't look like the move is coincidental, as this is the 60th anniversary of the start of what we call the "Korean War," though on the other side of the border, it's given the moniker, "the War to Resist U.S. Aggression and Aid Korea."

August is a great time to go to Pyongyang, given the Arirang Festival, which usually runs until October. And since North Korea is now a new destination for the Chinese tourist travel market (since April 12, 2010), the locals can take full advantage of this unique opportunity.

[photo by yeowatzup via Flickr]

Filed under: Asia, China, North Korea, Airlines

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