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In the northeastern tip of North Korea, Chinese and Russian construction crews are racing to build transportation lines to a long-neglected port city that might now become an oasis for foreign investment.
A woman prepares a red carpet for the departure ceremony of the Mangyongbong cruise ship in the North Korean special economic zone of Rason. North Korea launched itself into the glitzy world of cruise tourism when about 130 passengers set sail for the scenic Mount Kumgang resort near the South Korean border. Isolated North Korea's state tourism bureau has teamed up with a Chinese travel company to run the country's first-ever cruise aboard an aging vessel that once plied the waters off the east coast of the divided peninsula shuttling passengers between North Korea and Japan. Carlos Barria/Reuters