Home of The Yellow Sea
It's been portrayed as a crime metropolis in director Na Hong-jin's latest thriller, The Yellow Sea, but what about the real Yanji City?
The area is located in northeast China, and has a population of around 400,000, many of whom have Korean heritage - so much so, that Chinese and Korean are considered to be the official languages. Thanks to its
location, the city facilitates trade between China and North Korea.
The city hit international prominence in May 2009 when North Korea detonated a test of its nuclear capabilities in the region, trying the patience of both the Southern government and also the neighbouring Chinese. In the same year, two American journalists who unwittingly crossed over the borderline that separates the wacky world of Kim Jong Il from the modern arena were arrested, and only freed after the involvement of former US President Bill Clinton. According to wikitravel, however, in contrast to its depiction in The Yellow Sea, Yanji City is described as being “relatively clean and peaceful”. Fancy a trip?