Inner Mongolia

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

China’s coal miners in crisis

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.