This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Dandong. To help you make friends with Dandong before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Dandoong, more commonly known as Dangdong, is the largest border city in China, located in the Liaoning province in the northeast of the country. As it is a riverside city, within close proximity to North Korea, most travellers come to Dangdong in order to catch a glimpse of the heavily armed and guarded border. You will find great views of North Korea from the other side of the Yalu River, which follows into Korea Bay, and it is because of this connection to the ocean that the city is so full of history.
Although popular with visitors curious about North Korea, the Dangdong is relatively quiet as an important trade city. In May, it holds an annual Oriental Silk Festival, and it is close to the Hushan Great Wall. If you are interested in the geography of the surrounding area, then Dagu Mountain is not far, where there are many Taoist temples strewn across the ranges. However, most of Dangdongs intrigue lies in its links to North Korea, and its history in the war.
Dangdong is a great place to learn about the contrasts between Chinese and North Korean ways of living; here you will get the opportunity to experience traditional dishes and delicacies from both cultures. The best time to go is between April and October, although it is an enjoyable temperature all year round.
The best way to enjoy this city is to find suitable accommodation that is flexible and will suit your needs. A hostel in Dangdong may be the best for you, as this will be fairly priced. Hostels in the city are usually located in scenic, popular tourist areas, meaning you are never too far from something interesting. In fact, staying in a hostel in China is a clean, enjoyable experience, often providing you with many new friends to show you around and make the hostel accommodation even more pleasant.
Written by local enthusiast for Dandong hostelsJakob Lombardi