China aims to turn a border zone attacked by American planes during the Korean War into a major site of interest for foreign tourists, the official China Daily said on Thursday.

The newspaper said visitors would be invited to view the bridge over the Yalu River, which divides China and North Korea and still bears bullet holes and other damage caused by American strafing in 1950.River cruises would also allow tourists to pass close to the opposite bank of the Yalu to see "the scenery and friendly people of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea," the newspaper said.

North Korea has not allowed Americans to enter the country since the Korean war, but the United States is one of the biggest sources of China's growing tourist trade.

One million Chinese troops fought against American forces in the Korean war, and Beijing provided vital military supplies to the north via rail across the Yalu River bridge.