Gobi Desert

Xi calls on PLA to get combat ready

New Central Military Commission chief Xi Jinping. Photo: Xinhua

The People's Liberation Army Air Force finished a large-scale, 12-day military drill in the Gobi Desert on Friday that chimed with new Central Military Commission (CMC) chief Xi Jinping's emphasis on the strategic importance of such exercises.

Thursday, 6 December, 2012, 9:33am

Giant copper mine offers Mongolia a cash bonanza

The Oyu Tolgoi mine in Mongolia is expected to produce 450,000 tonnes of copper concentrate a year at its peak. Photo: Reuters

Deep in the heart of the Gobi Desert in Mongolia amid a landscape of sand dunes and ice canyons, one of the world’s biggest copper mines is about to come on stream.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

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.

13 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

In the footsteps of giants

After 12 days of walking south through the Gobi Desert, a week ago we arrived at the ramshackle Mongolian border town of Zamyn Uud. We looked and smelled like we had just walked across a desert.

6 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Gateway to Gobi

On November 14, my cameraman friend Leon McCarron and I finally set off from the Mongolian outpost town of Sainshand on our 5,000-kilometre walk home to Hong Kong. Our first challenge was to traverse the Gobi Desert from north to south. The Gobi is a place I remember learning about at school. On maps it was typically shown in shades of blue to identify it as a cold desert.

29 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Running to the Extremes

By day, Derek Kwik is the founding partner of a technology venture-capital firm and chief executive of design and consulting firm Interactive Imagination. But, in his spare time, he races through deserts, jungle and mountains.

16 Sep 2010 - 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