Infographic: Welcome to North Korea!
You would wrap a tree trunk with ropes, and keep punching it. You throw 5,000 punches day and night — do that for a month, the inside of your fist swells up until you can barely curl your fingers.Then you open a tin can and set it up on a stand. You keep punching the sharp part. When your hand turns into mush with blood and pus, you start punching a pile of salt. Repeat it, and your hands become like a stone. You punch the salt so that the salt would prevent the hand from rotting away with the blood. [With the hand trained like this] you can easily break 20 sheets of cement blocks, and you can kill a person with three punches.
But who knew that The Da Vinci Code was a hit in this strictly controlled city? That Céline Dion is a karaoke favourite? Or that the mass performances are not only a tribute to the leadership and motherland, but the way that many young people find partners?