Inner Mongolia

China’s coal miners in crisis

The urban district of Kangbashi in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, a city hard hit by price declines in the coal industry. Photo: Bloomberg

The Baofu highway, a road that serves the mines in China's coal-producing hub of Ordos, was largely empty on a recent visit. A few years ago, it was so clogged with trucks that the traffic jams were legendary, sometimes lasting several days.

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Mother pays tribute to late son by greening the Inner Mongolia deserts

Yi Jiefang carries out her mission to plant trees across the Inner Mongolia deserts. Photo: SCMP

For the past decade, Yi Jiefang has been on a crusade to honour the wish of her deceased son - to plant the deserts of Inner Mongolia with trees. Now, with more than 1.1 million trees in the ground, the 65-year-old who has poured most of her savings into the cause says she must carry on, not just for the sake of her son but to raise awareness of the role of trees in protecting the environment.

2 Jun 2013 - 6:52am

Inner Mongolia lures Hong Kong investors

Over 1,000 Hong Kong firms are operating in Inner Mongolia.

Inner Mongolia is promoting 200 projects at the Inner Mongolia-Hong Kong Economic and Trade Co-operation Week, said Zhang Lei, a deputy director of the Inner Mongolia branch of the National Development and Reform Commission.

30 May 2013 - 3:54am

Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang on tour to poor areas

Party leader Xi Jinping on a tour of farmland in Gansu yesterday in an effort to stay in touch with the people. Photo: SCMP

Xi reportedly came bearing gifts for the nearly 450 households in the village. Noodles, cooking oil, pork, sweets, melon seeds and cotton-padded quilts were among the items distributed to each household.

4 Feb 2013 - 8:29am

Cadres 'squandering public funds' despite pledge on curbs

Local Communist Party cadres are still misusing public funds to build up their guanxi - networks of influence - even though the party leadership has pledged to reduce pomp, ceremony and red carpet welcomes for senior officials, Beijing Times reported yesterday.

21 Dec 2012 - 4:34am

Inner Mongolia party chief Hu Chunhua seen making Politburo Standing Committee in 2017

Hu Chunhua

The party chief in Inner Mongolia - a favourite to win a seat on the Politburo Standing Committee in the reshuffle that is five years away - has become the first cadre to pledge loyalty to the new leadership.

20 Nov 2012 - 7:24am

China boasts of 'world-class' uranium deposit discovery, but experts wary

The Qinshan nuclear plant in Haiyan, Zhejiang. Photo: AFP

China announced the discovery of a "world-class" uranium deposit in Inner Mongolia yesterday but kept its exact size a secret.

Some nuclear industry experts said the secrecy could be a deliberate government strategy to add to its bargaining power in negotiations to buy uranium mines in other countries.

6 Nov 2012 - 12:04pm

‘Little Hu’ of Inner Mongolia may play big role in China’s political future

Hu Chunhua, Inner Mongolia’s Communist Party boss and an ally of Hu Jintao, is seen as destined for bigger things. Photo: Simon Song

On the remote grasslands of northeastern China, a politician little known in the West has made a name for himself as a rising leader. Hu Chunhua is already talked of by some as a future president.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

15m yuan diamonds are a man's best friend

A man from Ordos, Inner Mongolia, bought 104 diamonds for nearly 15 million yuan (HK$18.4 million) from a retailer in Beijing last week, hoping to keep them as a long-term investment, local media reported.

It was the largest single sale of diamonds in Beijing in recent years, said the chairman of the retailer, City of Love Diamonds, who spoke to the Beijing Times.

17 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Legends of the wall

You would think that finding the Great Wall of China would be easy. I had seen it on the pages of our Chinese road atlas for some time, marked clearly by a jagged symbol. However, on my iPhone's Google Maps, even when I zoomed in, the wall was indistinguishable from a dusty road. I suppose this dispels the myth that you can see the Great Wall from space.

10 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Desert skiing and karting for athletes

In many people's minds, the desert is a silent place which contains little or no signs of life. Last Thursday was the closing ceremony of the 11th All China Secondary Schools Students' Games in Inner Mongolia, but Young Post decided not to go shopping and souvenir-buying.

27 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Schools Games draw to a close

After days of fierce competition, the 11th All China Secondary Schools Students' Games drew to a colourful end on the grasslands of Inner Mongolia.

25 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Student games

The 11th All China Secondary Schools Students' Games in Baotou, Inner Mongolia, ran from July 16 to 20. Hong Kong's young athletes participated in nine sports and brought home nine medals, all in swimming.

Congratulations to all the students involved! Here's a little taste of what went on ...

24 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Mongol aid only scratches surface

The vision of Inner Mongolia as a place of endless grasslands sparsely populated by horse-riding herdsmen watching over their cattle and sheep is as outdated as it is romanticised. For the past decade, mining companies have been moving in en masse to extract the rich deposits of coal, iron ore, copper and rare earths.

7 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Inner Mongolia quieter after herder's death

Security remains tight after days of protests in an Inner Mongolian area where a herder was killed while attempting to block a coal truck, and in Xilinhot, the city which witnessed the first unrest over the incident, life seemed back to normal.

3 Jun 2011 - 12:00am