Chinese tourists in Kim Il-sung Square, in Pyongyang, North Korea, in April. Photo: AFP
Mercedes Hutton
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Chinese tourists in North Korea: ‘almost a necessary evil’

  • A surge in visitors from China is likely to have financial benefits and has led to improvements at hotels
  • But North Korean guides are overwhelmed by large groups and unable to stop travellers from wandering off unaccompanied

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Chinese tourists in Kim Il-sung Square, in Pyongyang, North Korea, in April. Photo: AFP
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Mercedes Hutton

Mercedes Hutton

Mercedes Hutton is a Hong Kong-based journalist. She joined the Post in 2018, where she covers travel and tourism in Asia in her weekly column, Destinations Known.