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China's 1st tourist train to DPRK starts 4-day tour

2010-04-25 07:40:54 GMT2010-04-25 15:40:54 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Passengers from East China's Zhejiang province prepare to board the train which heads for DPRK on April 24, 2010. [Photo/Xinhua]

Two Finnish students studying in Guangzhou, capital of South China's Guangdong province pose for a photo before boarding the train on April 24, 2010. [Photo/Xinhua]

A tour guide (L) organizes tourists at Dandong, a land port in northeast China's Liaoning province on April 24, 2010. [Photo/Xinhua]

Passengers from Northeast China's Heilongjiang province pose for a photo on the train which heads for DPRK on April 24, 2010. [Photo/Xinhua]

SHENYANG - China's first tourist train to neighboring Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) kicked off a four-day tour Saturday with more than 400 passengers aboard.

The train entered the DPRK from Dandong, a land port in northeast China's Liaoning province.

Tourists are mainly from provinces of Zhejiang, Heilongjiang and Guangdong. Some foreigners living in China also joined the tour.

The DPRK became a destination for Chinese group tours on April 12, which is expected to attract tens of thousands of tourists to visit.

A group of Finish students who study in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou said the trip would give them an opportunity to better understand the DPRK.

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