Hoeryong is now open for travel and like many of the smaller cities it is less developed. Coal mining is the predominant industry and slag piles can be seen in the area. I think this year the one change I do see is that people in the northeast are eating better. There are more independent sellers and state sellers on the streets are moving a higher quality of foodstuffs. Ice cream is really popular on the streets of even the smaller towns. Someone has more disposable income.