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Pyongyang marathon: Fewer foreigners compete in North Korea's annual race

Pyongyang marathon: Fewer foreigners compete in North Korea's annual race These are external links and will open in a new window Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe annual race marks North Korean founder Kim Il-sung's birth Several hundred foreign amateurs have competed in the Pyongyang marathon, but turnout was half that of last year. The annual race is part of celebrations marking North Korean founder Kim Il-sung's birth in 1912. A US travel ban and fears of nuclear war seem to have cut numbers - the marathon is usually the peak time for Western tourists to visit. There were 429 foreigners competing on Sunday, compared to more than 1,000 who raced in 2017. At its peak, over 5,000 Western tourists reportedly used to travel to North Korea annually, a fifth of whom were American. But the US imposed a travel ban last year after the death of Otto Warmbier, an American who was detained and held in North Korea for 17 months after travelling there on holiday. He returned to America in June 2017 in a coma and died shortly afterwards. The marathon started in the Kim Il-sung stadium before wending its way past major landmarks in North Korea's capital, such as Kim Il-sung Square and the new development project, Mirae Street. North Korean Ri Kang-bom won the men's full marathon in two hours, 12 minutes and 53 seconds.

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Navigating Your Way In A Foreign Country


Are you thinking about taking a trip soon? Travel is great for anyone, whether it's for business or pleasure. Even the experienced traveler still has something left to learn, so here are some tips for you to try.

Document important info when planning to travel abroad. This should include the address, phone number and website of your consulate or embassy in the country in which you are traveling. You will need to contact the embassy if you have any trouble. This will help with the troubles that you get into.

Avoid foods that may contain something you're allergic to hiding in a dish. Studying the language, especially the words in which you need to know to explain your allergy, is a very important thing to do when traveling abroad. This will allow you to communicate to others what foods you are trying to avoid.

Be flexible with your destination on your trip. While it may be fun to revisit your favorite spots, having some variety will ensure your vacation is more memorable. You can even save additional money if you find another exciting vacation spot.

Pick the proper camera for your trip. If you are going on an outdoor trip, for instance, a camera with a rechargeable battery probably won't work for you. You will probably prefer a camera able to be engaged at a moment's notice in order to catch all of the great shots.

When you go overseas, be careful of the taxis you take. Make sure the taxi actually is legitimate before getting in. Anyone can put the word "taxi" on their vehicle, and you would never be the wiser.

Sign yourself up for alerts on travel prices. You can find this handy feature online at many travel-related websites that will alert you to different prices. You will receive a notification if a hotel or airline reduces the price to your desired amount. The alerts eliminate the need for you to constantly follow up on the prices.

Do some solid research before booking your trip. Hunt down websites that feature user reviews of anything you might be personally interested in. Try asking people you know that have traveled there. This will help you decide if the location is right for you.

Use sleeping pills to help you fall asleep on an overnight flight. Some people have a lot of trouble sleeping on planes due to the unfamiliar people, uncomfortable seating, and noise level. To get through your flight as painless as possible, take a sleeping pill to help ensure you can fall asleep. Don't take the medication before you go in case there are delays or problems with the plane.

Most automobile rental companies require the minimum age to be at least 18 years old, and in some cases it might be 25. Chances are a rental agency will charge an under 25 driver a higher rate, and also a credit is needed. There are some cities that disallow seniors from renting cars. When reserving a car, make sure you ask about age restrictions.

By understanding what you need to plan for, you can have an enjoyable trip. You're more likely to enjoy your experience if you know what you're doing. Good preparation and knowledge will help you have an amazing trip.

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South Korea's Chinese tourist slump endures despite pledges

South Korea's Chinese tourist slump endures despite pledges Chinese tourists ask a sales assistant for directions at a Lotte department store in Seoul on Feb 2, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS SEOUL (AFP) - Chinese tourist numbers to South Korea continued to decline in December, figures showed Monday (Jan 22), even though Beijing and Seoul pledged to improve relations strained by a US missile defence system. Seoul and Washington installed the powerful Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (Thaad) system in the South last year to guard against threats from nuclear-armed North Korea. Beijing saw it as a threat to its own security and reacted furiously, imposing a string of measures on South Korean businesses and banning group tours to the South, in moves seen as economic retaliation. The ban on tour groups hit the South Korean travel and retail industries hard, with Chinese visitors renowned for shopping trips to their neighbour. Some of Beijing's restrictions on tours appeared to have been lifted after the two countries issued identically-worded statements in October on their mutual desire to improve relations. But the number of Chinese visitors to the South continued to tumble in December, Korea Tourism Organisation statistics showed Monday. A total of 332,474 Chinese travellers came to South Korea last month, down 37.9 per cent from the previous year, it said. It was only a marginal improvement on the 42.1 per cent fall seen in November and 49.3 per cent in October.

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