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The Rason Trade Fair delegation is a unique chance to visit a part of the DPRK which tourists rarely go to, as well as taking part in a business conference like no other. The Rason Special Economic Zone is different from the rest of the DPRK. Modelled as a potential SEZ like in China in the early 1980s, investment and joint enterprise has not exactly taken off, but it is a part of the country with unique opportunities and sights.


Our group will be taking part in the conference and various meetings with government officials, Korean businessmen and local people, as well as visiting the must-see sights in Rason. We’ll visit the only bank in the country where foreigners can open an account, and also private markets – a chance rarely found in the DPRK. We’ll visit a school and talk to students and even the Emperor Hotel – a 5* hotel built by Hong Kongnese investment which houses a casino!


This tour starts in Beijing and finishes in Yanji, China, though we can organise people who want to join directly in Yanji, and onward transport via train or flight from Yanji.

7 Days, 6 Nights






*If you want to join the tour in Yanji we can help arrange flights/alternative train tickets and we can help with your onward travel from Yanji after the tour

**Dates for the Rason Trade Fair are not fully confirmed; we will confirm when we can


Thursday 2nd August – Departure from Beijing to Yanji


Arrive into Beijing

Meet the group at 10am at the Zhonggu Hotel near Beijing Railway Station. Here we will have our pre-tour meeting where we run through questions about travel to the DPRK and give you your visas and train tickets.

Free time to make sure you have everything you need for the train journey



Board the 1pm overnight train to Yanji – main city in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Region of Jilin Province, China. Food and drinks are available on the train or you can stock up on supplies before we board. We will be travelling by hard sleeper which is six beds to a berth but quite comfortable.


Friday 3rd August – Yanji Arrival


We will arrive into Yanji at 2pm and check in to the North Korean-run Liujing Hotel

Tour of the Yanbian University Campus, one of the first universities to be set up in an ethnic minority area in China and the key ethnic Korean university in China

Free time to explore Yanji further, before dinner and drinks in the Liujing Hotel


Saturday 4th August – Rason Arrival and Tour


Get up early for the three-hour drive from Yanji to the border with the DPRK. We’ll go through Chinese border controls then board a bus to take us over to the Korean side. When we get to Korean customs we will be met by our guides from the Rason International Travel Agency.



Tour of Rason including the statues of President Kim Il Sung and General Kim Jong Il, the Rajin Clothing Factory and Rason Kindergarten

Dinner at a local noodle house to sample Pyongyang cold noodles. Overnight at the Pipha Tourist Hotel (optional massage at the famed Rason Massage Clinic – 100 RMB)


Sunday 5th August – Rason Trade Fair


Climb up to the top of Mt Sahyang to visit the revolutionary site and get some great views before we visit Rason Art Gallery as well as the bookshop and souvenir shop. We’ll also walk around the public square where we can do a good bit of people-watching
TRIP HIGHLIGHT – we will head to a private market, one of the only places in the DPRK where we are permitted to visit these, and see what the local people are buying and selling. We can of course also purchase anything that’s on sale



Attend the Opening Ceremonies of the Rason International Trade Exhibition including a reception dinner and an evening of networking with VIP guests and top Rason officials
Overnight at the Pipha Tourist Hotel


Monday 6th August – Rason Trade Fair


TRIP HIGHLIGHT - Visit the Rason Golden Triangle Bank, one of the only places in the DPRK where foreigners can not only exchange currency into Korean won but even set up an account and get your very own DPRK debit card!

Attend the Forum on Investment in the Rason International Trade Zone, presented by government officials. There will be a Q&A and we can learn about potential investment projects in Rason



Explore the exhibits and booths and participate in the RITE, interacting and asking questions with local business people who are looking for overseas partners to sell their products and services
Discussion with representatives of the People’s Committee for Science and Technology about joint environmental projects in Rason and meet with representatives from the Rason City People’s Committee

Overnight at the Pipha Tourist Hotel


Tuesday 7th August – Rason Trade Fair


Head to the Rajin port, an ice-free port that has leased parts out to both China and Russia. We’ll walk around Haean Park
TRIP HIGHLIGHT – Visit Rason Foreign Languages School where we will have the chance to observe a class and interact with the students

Site inspections of places of interest following the meetings we have had with local businessmen



Private meetings and wrap up sessions with trade officials, exhibitors and local business people and any other contacts you have made for more serious and detailed conversations before attending the Closing Ceremony of the RITE

Overnight at the Pipha Tourist Hotel


Wednesday 8th August – Rason Departure


Go for a stroll on Pipha Island for some great views of the Korean East Sea and then head to the Emperor Hotel – a 5 star hotel built with investment from Hong Kong complete with casino. Before lunch we’ll check out the Joint Venture Seafood Factory on the island.



Before leaving the DPRK we will drive up to the three-country border for views of Russia and China, see the monument to Admiral Ri Sun Xin and the DPRK-Russia Friendship Pavilion. Quick stop at the Sonbong Revolutionary Site.

Exit DPRK customs and cross back into China where we will be met by our private vehicle for the drive back to Yanji

End of tour


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