Chinese tourists in Kim Il-sung Square, in Pyongyang, North Korea, in April. Photo: AFP
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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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The view from the Yeongsil Trail, in Hallasan National Park, on the South Korean island of Jeju. Photo: Shutterstock
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Will South Korea’s Jeju Island become the first blockchain destination in the world?

  • After receiving more than 15 million visitors in 2016, the island’s tourism industry has seen a downturn
  • A consortium of businesses hopes that a new digital ecosystem can breathe new life into the declining destination

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The view from the Yeongsil Trail, in Hallasan National Park, on the South Korean island of Jeju. Photo: Shutterstock
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