North Korea has opened a new tourist site on the border with China to attract more Chinese visitors, China News Service reports.

The 130,000-square-metre park in Sinuiju consists of restaurants, duty-free shops, a square for North Korean art performances and a pier, CNS said.

Sinuiju. Photo: 9tour.cn.

Chinese nationals can travel from neighbouring Dandong city in Liaoning province by boat and enter the hermit kingdom without a passport on a one-day tour. North Korean customs will issue on-arrival permits for Chinese tourists at the border, the report said. The new park is situated by the Yalu River across from Dandong.

The park was built in eight months and cost RMB50 million (HK$60 million). It is said to be capable of hosting over 10,000 visitors a day.

China’s Dandong and North Korea’s Siniuju are separated by the Yalu River. Photo: Sina News.

Representatives from China’s tourist industry attended the site’s opening ceremony, CNS said.

In June this year, a senior North Korean economist told Associated Press that Kim Jong-un’s government wants to increase foreign visitor numbers tenfold by 2017.  The secretive Communist nation, one of the least developed in the world, currently welcomes about 100,000 tourists a year, the majority of whom come from China.

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