• Fri
  • Jul 11, 2014
  • Updated: 9:58pm


Miles not smiles in the Gobi

We prepare to leave at 8am, and outside dawn has just risen over Inner Mongolia. We have been sleeping in a little truckers' roadhouse hotel which we stumbled upon last night, after three hours of marching through the Gobi darkness.

Tuesday, 13 December, 2011, 12:00am

Armed Chinese force set to patrol Mekong

China will station up to 1,000 armed officers to patrol the Mekong River as it prepares for the resumption of navigation by its ships on the waterway following the killing of 13 mainland sailors last month.

9 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Casino blamed for violence on Mekong River

A casino operated in the Golden Triangle by a Chinese businessman praised by official media has disrupted the balance of power among gangsters in the region, leading to the brutal killing of 13 Chinese sailors on the Mekong River, mainland media reported yesterday.

22 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Parr conquers gruelling 7-day race in the Gobi

Former Hong Kong Football Club flying rugby winger Dan Parr proved his stamina by winning the gruelling RacingThePlanet Gobi March endurance running race yesterday.

4 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Cold comfort at home

Last week, I wrote about how animals like the Arctic fox are being threatened by climate change. But it's not only animals that have been affected. Millions of humans around the world could also be forced to move due to global warming.

15 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

An ultra-effort in aid of asylum seekers: 250km run through desert

Bonita Choi Ming-yui, 25, has enjoyed running since she was at school. The equity analyst, who works for a Singaporean brokerage in Hong Kong, will take her hobby to a whole new level when she takes part in a seven-day, 250km endurance race organised by RacingThePlanet, through Namibia's harsh climes next month.

21 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Skateboarder pushes himself to the limit

In town right now is a man trying to skateboard his way across the globe. New Zealander Rob Thomson has spent the past two years with a customised board (and customised trailer) riding through some of the most extreme conditions to add to his world record of longest skateboard journey. So far he has crossed the US, Europe and parts of China.

15 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Two deserts down, two deserts to go for intrepid fund-raiser

Two down, two to go! Martyn Sawyer (below) is back in town after finishing the second leg of this year's gruelling Four Desert (foot) Race. Last November The Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels group general manager completed the 240km first leg, the Sahara race, and now he's struggled past the mainland Gobi desert route in the remote mountain terrain of Tashkorgan.

27 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Dams 'won't harm' Mekong River nations

Plans to develop the Mekong River will not harm nations downstream, a senior official has said.

Suo Lisheng , deputy minister of water resources, said China had established a framework for consulting southwestern neighbours to protect the river's ecology.

8 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

In a story headlined: 'Gas flow begins in 4,200km pipeline' on Page A7 yesterday, we wrongly reported the oil reserve of the Tarim Basin at 400,000 tonnes when the reserve level is 400 million tonnes.

3 Sep 2004 - 12:00am