Turkeys, the alternative source of meat in North Korea. Turkeys are kept by enterprising North Korean farmers as they multiply well and provide food throughout the whole year. In the harsh North Korean winters, their large bodies will offer plenty of meat for the entire village. This rafter of turkeys was seen around Sinanju (신안주). Turkeys are increasingly kept in rural farms across the country. The other popular farm animal is goats because they are hardy, reproduce easily and will practically eat just about anything. Tourists don’t get to eat turkeys as these birds are solely for local consumption. There’s also very little information that exists regarding turkey farming. Over the years, the evolution of government policies have given farmers so much more options to grow and keep what they like.
Part 2 of exploring Chinese towns at the border with the DPRK during the 2021 COVID-19 pandemic. We follow Minhye as she takes a trip to Tumen City (图们市). Tumen city is a small town that is part of the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture, located in Jilin Province in northeast China. It has an ethnic Korean population of approximately 80,000.
Since January 2020, the DPRK has shut its borders due to the COVID-19 virus. China has also implemented strict border controls to maintain their zero-COVID strategy. It has been almost two years since tourism halted between these two friendly neighbours. With no more tours to the DPRK being offered, what is life and tourism like in the Chinese border towns during such times? Our resident contributor made recent trips to visit border towns along the Yalu River and Tumen River. Join Minhye on her journey as she explores the Changbai Korean Autonomous County