China's landscape is vast and diverse, ranging from forest steppes and the Gobi and Taklamakan Deserts in the arid north to subtropical forests in the wetter south.
Now 21, Yeonmi, who has written a new book - In Order To Live - about her journey and life in North Korea, has revealed how the man ended up selling her mother – and forcing Yeonmi to be his second ‘wife’.
Yeonmi Park escaped North Korea aged 13 and describes living in poverty under the regime.
Writing in her book, Yeonmi reveals: ‘The big decline started in 1990, when the Soviet Union was breaking apart and Moscow dropped its “friendly rates” for exports to North Korea.’ Secretive regime: North Korean people rest next to the railroad tracks in a town in North Korea's North Hamgyong province in 2014.
Yeonmi lifts the lid on the brutal regime of Kim Jong-il in a new book‘As soon as I was old enough to understand, my mother warned me to be careful about what I was saying.
The country's major urban areas include Shanghai, Guangzhou, Beijing, Chongqing, Shenzhen, Tianjin and Hong Kong.
China is a great power and a major regional power within Asia, and has been characterized as a potential superpower.
“Remember, Yeonmi-ya,” she said gently, “even when you think you’re alone, the birds and mice can hear you whisper”.’She writes: ‘I am most grateful for two things: that I was born in North Korea, and that I escaped from North Korea.It exercises jurisdiction over 22 provinces, five autonomous regions, four direct-controlled municipalities (Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, and Chongqing), two mostly self-governing special administrative regions (Hong Kong and Macau), and claims sovereignty over Taiwan.