China blocks access to ‘sacred’ mountain near North Korea



China blocks access to ‘sacred’ mountain near North Korea

By Elizabeth Shim Contact the Author   |   Sept. 14, 2017 at 11:13 AM

China has blocked parts of a national park built around Changbaishan, or Mount Paektu, in Jilin Province, following North Korea’s sixth nuclear test. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI

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Sept. 14 (UPI) — Public access to the Changbaishan National Nature Reserve in China, also known as Mount Paektu in North Korea, has been partly blocked out of safety concerns, according to a South Korean newspaper.

Donga Ilbo reported Thursday that Chinese authorities have temporarily closed parts of the national park in northeastern Jilin Province amid rising fears in the region about radioactive contamination, following North Korea’s sixth nuclear test on Sept. 3.

The area that is no longer accessible to the public is located about 70 miles from Punggye-ri, the North Korean nuclear site where Pyongyang recently detonated a bomb that may have released as much as 250 kilotons of energy, according to U.S. experts.

The announcement on the shutdown was posted to Weibo — the Chinese social network that most closely resembles Twitter — on Thursday.

“For the safety and convenience of travelers, we have temporarily closed the southern tourist zone of Changbai Mountain,” authorities said. “Officials are thoroughly investigating the safety of the tourist area.”

Chinese authorities also said the area will remain closed until “the potential risks disappear.”

Falling rocks have been causing problems but the northern and western zones of the national park are to remain open, they added.

Chinese commenters said online they fear the worst, following the test.

China had been repairing facilities around Changbai Mountain for four years, and commenters said it is unfortunate the park must close because of North Korea’s provocation.

Speculation is rising in China whether falling rocks at the mountain are the result of the test, according to the Donga.

Commenters said the Chinese government was blocking reply messages to the announcement.

The Changbaishan National Nature Reserve is considered the official birthplace of former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.

The mountain sits on the border between North Korea and China and is accessible from both sides.

5 thoughts on “China blocks access to ‘sacred’ mountain near North Korea

    1. I agree with you. So many country’s have ‘crazy’ people at the tops of their governments. Here in the U.S. I have said several times that we the people own absolutely nothing because if a person owns something then no one should ever be able to legally take it from you. Try not paying something like your property taxes, the government will take everything you thought was yours. On a much higher plane it is God who really owns everything on this planet, not the governments, not us. The foolish ignorance we humans do for ‘progress’ or for ‘profits’ is disgusting, and O so stupid. The human race is going to pay for all of our mistakes. We think we are so smart yet we don’t have a clue as a people.


      1. Here In our country also we r paying thru our noses to the government, Ted. Everywhere the situation is the same. I agree totally with your words and all His play and all an illusion but this illusionary nonsense has become a burden and these jokers know that we come with nothing and go with nothing so what part of the world r they claiming. All madness


        1. I agree with you, just think about Syria for a moment. When we say that we have run ISIS out of this or that city I have to ask, what city, there is nothing left but rubble. Every building must be scraped to the ground and rebuilt (if it’s not already there). There is no infrastructure at all, nothing. It will take decades and trillions of dollars to just bring Syria back to where it was about 7 yrs ago. This is if all fighting and I do mean all fighting stopped right now and any sane person knows that this is not ever going to happen. Sad, so sad, humans never ever seem to learn from history’s events.


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