You can probably tell that this is no longer China. Michael describes entering North Korea as landing on another planet. To him it looked exactly like an Oriental version on communist Eastern Europe circa 1989. The photo taken from a train (read: illegal) shows residential buildings in the city of Sinuiju – the one that faces Dandong across the international border of the Yalu River. When you enter North Korea this is the first place you’ll see, so it makes sense that it’ll be slightly more developed than the rest of the rural parts of the country.