China is planning to create an international tourism zone along its Northeastern border region with Russia and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). The zone, dubbed ‘Tumen River Delta International Tourism Area’ (read: Gulag, see:picture) will include park of China’s Hunchun City, as well as a 10-square-kilometer plot each from both Russia and the DPRK.
Facilities on the site will be built between the three countries, following interest from authorities of Russia and the DPRK after the Hunchun City government put forth the original idea in 2013.
All shopping will be duty-free (the only thing needed to attract Chinese tour groups, apparently) and visas will not be required to visit. It really isn’t far from Beijing, perhaps they should build a Marks & Spencer there and we should spend future Spring Festivals in Tumen buying underwear, tights, and chutney.
The area is already subject to the Greater Tumen Initiative, set up by the UNDP in 1995 in order to help the region gain its full economic potential.
Hopes are that in the long run, the Republic of Korea, Japan and Mongolia will all join in on the tourism area via highways, railways, and air routes ... This could potentially become the most joyous place on earth (and the only one with Inter-Korean Economic Cooperation)!
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