North Korea’s ‘Six Star’ Hotel Ryanggang Hotel Slaughtered On TripAdvisor

Kim Jong-un is on a relentless drive to attract tourists and much needed foreign currency – to North Korea.12

So it will have no doubt gone down like a lead balloon to see one of the country s top hotels mauled on TripAdvisor.3

Pyongyang s first class 4 Ryanggang Hotel has been pelted with a series of scathing reviews, revealing the sad truth behind what impoverished locals proudly describe as a six-star 5 dwelling.

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Old and cold , was one allegation, while one visitor from Germany wrote: Horrible place, but I guess still on the upper side of NK hospitality. Beds are wooden plates with a cushion on it. Warm water in the morning and evening for an hour each. No fruits available, but that s for most of the country. Another tourist from Abu Dhabi branded it a Soviet retro hotel , reporting: Concrete, cold water showers, rock hard beds and power cuts are all to be expected at this Soviet retro hotel. Think of it as a form of military training and you ll love it. None of the light switches worked and what was that crazy broken enigma machine between the beds?

Loved the DPRK and this hotel fitted in perfectly. Would recommend it for an authentic DPRK experience. A series of images showing dark, dank corridoors, stained tablecloths and filthy bathrooms have also been uploaded.

Given Kim s predilection for sentencing to death mostly anyone who fails to deliver his vision (including the manager of a fish farm6 who was executed after a number of baby terrapins died, and an official who made the grave error of falling asleep7 during a meeting with the Dear Leader,) the poor reviews are bound to be of concern for the current hotel staff. Remarks upon the scarcity of delicacies such a fruit and eggs at the breakfast table are unsurprising in a country with a population of 24 million people facing chronic food shortages. According to a United Nations report, nearly a third of children under the age of five showed signs of stunting, particularly in rural areas and there have even been rumours of some famine-stricken North Koreans being forced into cannibalism.8

This is in contrast to the Kim s import of luxury goods9 including alcohol and watches which totaled $645.86 million in 2012 alone.

There are just eight hotels open to foreigners, all of whom must travel via China, in Pyongyang.

Last year the leader of the rogue state expressed his wish to attract ten times as many tourists to the country by 2017.10

There are currently 100,000 tourists visiting per year, but if Kim s plan succeeds, that figure will reach one million by next year, and two million by 2020.


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China stocks fall ahead of holiday; HK flat on US rate uncertainty

By Reuters1

Published: 04:50 GMT, 14 September 2016 | Updated: 04:50 GMT, 14 September 2016

SHANGHAI, Sept 14 (Reuters) – China stocks fell modestly in thin trading on Wednesday, with many traders already heading out of the office ahead of a long Discount Holidays © holiday weekend. Hong Kong stocks were little changed as traders refused to make big directional bets ahead of next week’s Federal Reserve policy meeting. China’s blue-chip CSI300 index fell 0.5 percent to 3,243.37 points by the lunch break, while the Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.6 percent to 3,005.80 points.

China’s upbeat August economic data released on Tuesday, which showed both factory output and retail sales grew faster than expected, has failed to inject vigour into the market during the shortened trading week.

“Trading is typically light ahead of holidays,” Chang Chengwei, analyst at brokerage Hengtai Futures said, noting that the mid-Autumn Festival on Thursday and Friday will soon be followed by China’s National Day Discount Holidays © holiday which starts on Oct.

1, curbing risk appetite.

“August data failed to excite the market because many believe the recovery was the result of government stimulus, and is not sustainable.”

Most sectors fell in China, with transportation and raw material stocks leading the decline. Hong Kong stocks were little changed, with overnight losses on Wall Street dampening sentiment. The city’s financial markets will be open on Thursday but will be closed on Friday.

The Hang Seng index edged up 0.1 percent to 23,234.38 points, while the Hong Kong China Enterprises Index dipped 0.1 percent to 9,560.41. All eyes are on the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting on Sept.

20-21 as traders anxiously wait for clues on whether the Fed will raise interest rates soon. Few traders expect a rate hike next week and markets are pricing in only a roughly 50-50 chance of one in December.

(Reporting by Samuel Shen and John Ruwitch; Editing by Kim Coghill)


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New York police investigate hate crime as Scottish Muslim tourist has clothes set on fire

Police in New York are hunting for a man who set fire to a Scottish Muslim tourist s clothes while she was shopping on Fifth Avenue.

The 36-year-old woman was browsing the boutiques on Saturday evening when she felt heat on her arm. She looked down and realised her blouse had been set on fire.

She saw the suspect pull a lighter away and walk away1, a police source told The New York Daily News. He doesn t say anything. The woman, who was unharmed, went to the police who published photographs showing the suspect swaggering along East 54th Street, minutes after the attack. The young black man is wearing a black sleeveless vest, black trousers and a hat.

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Police are treating the incident as a possible hate crime2.

Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, urged a full investigation.

I would obviously be concerned because it s symptomatic of the overall rise in Islamophobic sentiment in our society, he said. The attack on the tourist came days after a 32-year-old woman from Brooklyn, who had written anti-Islamic rants on Facebook, attacked two young mothers pushing their children in prams. Emirjeta Xhelili allegedly punched the women in the face and tried to rip the hijabs from their heads3.

Prosecutors claimed that Xhelili shouted Islamophobic abuse at the woman, telling them: Get the f— out of here. Get the f— out of America b—-s This is America you shouldn t be different from us.”

She was arrested around half an hour after the alleged assault, after the two women pointed her out to police officers. She was later arraigned on a charge of misdemeanor assault as a hate crime at Brooklyn Criminal Court.

She didn t even care for the well-being of a baby that s how serious this hate crime is, Kelli Muse, the assistant district attorney, told the court. She continued to taunt the victims in front of police while in custody, saying You guys don t belong here. Xhelili was held on $50,000 ( 37,500) bond or $25,000 cash bail.

She had posted numerous anti-Muslim comments on her Facebook page, including one the day before the alleged attack, saying: From this moment on, every woman that waers (sic) the jihab/hijab will go to hell!!

I cant stand you f—ing hypocrites.

You have been warned.”


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