China–North Korea border

Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge (right), linking Dandong with North Korea
The Beijing–Pyongyang passenger train passes Dandong
The Ji'an Railway Bridge between Ji'an, Jilin Province and Manpo, Chagang Province of North Korea.
The border at the Amnok River delta near Dandong in 2012
Railway bridge over the Tumen River

International border separating the People's Republic of China and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

- China–North Korea border

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Coastal province in Northeast China that is the smallest, southernmost, and most populous province in the region.

The full picture of Shengjing area 1734
Liaodong (Leao-Tong) in the early Qing, surrounded by the Willow Palisade. This map, published in 1734, was based on data collected by Jesuits in the early 18th century. The capital is in Shenyang (Chinyang); most other cities mentioned in Governor Zhang's report are shown as well
Landsat 7 image of western Liaoning
Shenyang, the capital of Liaoning Province
Dalian, second largest city in Liaoning Province
Jade Buddha Temple in Anshan
Chongzheng Hall in the Mukden Palace
Dalian Sports Center Stadium.

The Yalu River marks the province's border with North Korea, emptying into the Korea Bay between Dandong in Liaoning and Sinuiju in North Korea.

North Korean defectors

Since the division of Korea after the end of World War II, North Koreans have fled from the country in spite of legal punishment for political, ideological, religious, economic, moral, or personal reasons.

North Korean defectors to South Korea have typical routes that go through China and South-East Asia.

The most common strategy of North Korean defectors is to cross the Chinese border into Jilin and Liaoning provinces in northeast China.

Yalu River

River on the border between North Korea and China.

North Korean village in the Yalu River delta
The pillar stubs of the Yalu River Broken Bridge between Dandong and Sinuiju, which was established in 1911 and destroyed during the Korean War. The bridge to the left is the Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge, which opened to traffic in 1943 and also fell to destruction by US aerial attacks during the war but was successfully repaired after 1953 (direction of photo looking south into North Korea).
The Sino–Korean Friendship Bridge across the Yalu (Amnokgang) linking Sinuiju and Dandong.

Together with the Tumen River to its east, and a small portion of Paektu Mountain, the Yalu forms the border between North Korea and China.

Korea Bay

Bight and the northern extension of the Yellow Sea, between the southeastern coastline of China's Liaoning province and the western coastline of North Korea's North Pyongan, South Pyongan and South Hwanghae provinces.

A stretch of coastline of the Great Australian Bight

The Yalu (Amnok) River, which marks the western two-thirds of the China–North Korea border, empties into the Korea Bay between Dandong (China) and Sinŭiju (North Korea).

Paektu Mountain

Relief map
Heaven Lake
Mount Paektu, April 2003
Painting from the Manchu Veritable Records with the names of Mount Paektu in Manchu, Chinese and Mongolian
Mount Paektu on the national emblem of North Korea.
A painting of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il standing at the peak of Mount Paektu
Map showing the Chinese-North Korean border region around Paektu Mountain
Mount Paektu's location in Korea
Hot springs
Heaven Lake in winter
North slope

Paektu Mountain, also known as Baekdu Mountain and in China as Changbai Mountain (Manchu: Golmin Šanggiyan Alin), is an active stratovolcano on the Chinese–North Korean border.


Coastal prefecture-level city in southeastern Liaoning province, in the northeastern region of People's Republic of China.

Dandong (labelled as AN-TUNG 安東) (1954)
Great Wall at Dandong
Andong Railway Station during the Manchukuo period
Map of Dandong and Sinuiju in the 1930s
Map of Dandong (An-tung) and Sinuiju
Bridge from Sinuiju, North Korea across the Yalu River to Dandong with North Korean trucks coming into China.
Crossing into North Korea over the Yalu River
Statue of Mao Zedong opposite of the railway station (2014)
North Korean Ferris wheel with "Broken Bridge" in foreground (2008)
Friendship Bridge view from Dandong (2002)

It is the largest Chinese border city, facing Sinuiju, North Korea across the Yalu River, which demarcates the Sino-North Korean border.

Tumen River

521 km long river that serves as part of the boundary between China, North Korea and Russia, rising on the slopes of Mount Paektu and flowing into the Sea of Japan.

Bridge of Tumen River, built in 1941
Bridge of Tumen River, shot in 2018
North Korea is on the other side of the Tumen River
The Tumen River, at the border between North Korea and China. Picture taken from the Chinese side of the Tumen River at Tumen City; the city of Namyang, North Korea is on the other side of the river

The river flows in northeast Asia, on the border between China and North Korea in its upper reaches, and between North Korea and Russia in its last 17 km before entering the Sea of Japan.

Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge

The bridge (on left side) viewed from Dandong, China. The Yalu River Broken Bridge is to its right.
View inside the bridge in 2012, with railway and roadway but no sidewalk

The Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge, or China–North Korea Friendship Bridge, is a bridge across the Amnok River on the China–North Korea border.

China–North Korea–Russia tripoint

Tripoint where the China–Russia border and the North Korea–Russia border intersect.

Map of the tripoint region
Korea Russia Friendship Bridge viewed in Fangchuan Village, China
China–North Korea–Russia tripoint memorial in Fangchuan, China

The North Korea–Russia and China–North Korea borders run along the middle of the Tumen River, while the China–Russia border approaches the junction point overland from the north.

List of countries that border only one other country

List of countries that have a land border with only one other country.

Passport Island, site of the land border between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, is seen at the far left. Each nation has a border checkpoint on the island on opposite sides of the border.

Empire of Japan: bordered Russia on the island of Sakhalin from 1905 until 1910, until Japan inherited the China–North Korea border and the North Korea–Russia border upon the Japanese annexation of Korea. Both Sakhalin and Korea were relinquished after Japan's defeat in World War II in 1945. (See Karafuto Prefecture and Empire of Japan).