Young Pioneer Tours

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Young Pioneer Tours is an independent travel company based in Xi'an, China, which specialises in budget group and independent tours to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (more commonly known as North Korea).

The company caters in particular for the adventurous backpacker traveler on a budget.[1] Its motto is "group tours for people who hate group tours", referring to the fact that at present all foreign tourists in the DPRK must be accompanied by a guide.[1]

More recently it has branched out to international travel, developing on the theme of 'tours to places your mother wants you to stay away from' to include other politically tense or off-the-beaten-track destinations such as Iran, Eastern Europe and Russia (Eurasia), Armenia, Antarctica, Cuba, Burma, Tibet and Xinjiang.[1]

The company has courted both positive and negative press for its tours to the DPRK, which range from cultural and sporting trips to pub crawls for St Patrick's Day and New Years Eve. It has featured on numerous mainstream news sites such as CNN and ABC News,[2] [3] as well as blogs such as 'American In North Korea', [4] written by US Master Mariner Joseph A. Ferris III.

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