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May 28, 2006 - The Great Wall leads to North Korea

I'm staring up at a wall of rock. And a solider with a gun is watching me. I've just walked the length of the Tiger Mountain Great Wall, the easternmost section of this historic fortification, outside the city of Dandong. Although "walked" is probably the wrong word. This part of the Wall is like a stretched-out Stairmaster, one steep set of stairs after another. Just behind the Wall, the Yalu River divides China from North Korea. The river here is narrow enough that you could hop across in about three steps. You'd think that the North...

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