Me, with some kind of weaponry of unclear origin:
Tiff, me and Em, posing as brave Communist footsoldiers. It got a laugh from the crowd.
One the west side of the river, China:
And on the east, North Korea:
In most cities in Northeast China you can find several North Korean government-owned restaurants, which serve Korean food and put on song-and-dance shows. The food is so-so, kind of a mix of Chinese and Korean, but the show is ridiculous. This video is tiny, but it's an all-female North Korean rock band in sequined suits, with several girls dancing around in traditional hanboks:
The grand finale was an "audience participation" number, so of course we allowed them to drag Baron onstage. Also, all audience participants wore Mardi Gras masks, and the North Korean dancers wore bunny ears. Photographic evidence:
Poor Baron :)
After lunch, we tried to go on a tour of the Yalu, but the flooding had created too much silt, so the usual tour was closed. however, we found another boat farther upstream that would be able to give us a short tour. It wasn't directly across from the North Korean city of Sinuiju, so the landscape was less interesting.
However, in the picture below, which is of North Korea, you can see the fence that was constructed to keep out border crossers, and you can also see the roof of a North Korean army lookout post -
Tiffany and Emily, with China and the Great Wall behind them. No, the Great Wall is not in the background of every picture of China, but there does happen to be section of the Great Wall in Dandong.
More North Korea:
Our boat driver, who had some really interesting stories, but we only caught about every 5th word, due to the thick accent.
View of Dandong countryside, from the Great Wall:
After climbing the Great Wall, we stopped by the Museum Commemorating the War to Resist U.S. Aggression and Aid Korea. Yes, this museum actually exists, and that is the official name. It's built on a hill overlooking Dandong. From this picture, you can see the Yalu River through the buildings. The low, mint-green building is in North Korea.
The museum was helpful enough to provide English translations of its anti-American propaganda. I especially love how they place the United Nations in quotations.
Thank goodness we did away with the pro-American worship with our fear-mongering!
The final display in the museum: