Chinese tourism agencies told to halt North Korea trips

Harbin H-5 bomber jets are seen at Uiju Airfield near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong, Credit: REUTERS/Jacky Chen

Tour companies in China say they have been instructed to suspend trips into North Korea after the war rhetoric coming out of Pyongyang stoked up war tensions in the region.

Chinese authorities in the northeastern city of Dandong, which borders North Korea, have told at least five tour agencies to halt overland tourism into the country.

"All (tourist) travel to North Korea has been stopped from today, and I've no idea when it will restart," a travel agent told Reuters.

The border remains open to commercial traffic though.