NK visitors to China swell in first quarter
The number of North Koreans visiting China in the first three months of the year surged more than 40 percent from a year ago, with the majority arriving for employment or business purposes, a report said Tuesday.
A total of 40,200 North Koreans visited the neighboring country in the first quarter, up 40.5 percent on-year, according to the Voice of America, which quoted data from the China National Tourism Administration.
About half, or 19,300 visitors, were seeking work in China's manufacturing and dining industries, while another 10,800 visitors arrived for business purposes, the report said. Only 1,100 North Koreans toured China for sightseeing.
By age group, 19,100 visitors were aged between 45 and 64, followed by 17,200 people who were aged between 25 and 44.
Ferries transported the highest number of passengers at 17,400, while 9,300 people traveled by automobile.
The number of male visitors came to 33,200, or 83 percent of the total, far exceeding the number of females.
The data did not include defectors or other North Korean visitors who arrived by unofficial means, the report said. (Yonhap)