DUST swirls in the distance, long before the riders break the horizon. Then, the ground heaves to the pounding of hundreds of hooves, as horses surge across the steppes.
Genghis Khan is back, or rather his descendants, many generations removed.Sunday, 11 July, 1993, 12:00am
THE LOST COUNTRY: Mongolia Revealed By Jasper Becker (Sceptre, $119) THE LAST DISCO IN OUTER MONGOLIA By Nick Middleton (Phoenix, $102) EARLY in The Lost Country Jasper Becker, a former Beijing correspondent for the Guardian newspaper, muses on the oddness of reversing ''the usual direction of travel books by going from East to West'' as he approaches Mongolia from his base in Beijing.26 Jun 1993 - 12:00am
MONGOLIA is reported to have so much gold, it can be picked up from the ground in chunks.
So when the Government ran short of money to keep its mineral exploration centre more than barely alive, the director decided to buy a gold mine.23 Jun 1993 - 12:00am
US CUSTOMS officials have broken a multi-million-dollar international textile fraud involving two Hongkong trading companies falsely labelling garments as produced in Mongolia, to get past quota regulations.2 May 1993 - 12:00am
WHEN you ask Ts Enkhjin about Mongolia's famous painters, he shrugs, then blushes. ''Famous? That's Picasso, Modigliani, Cezanne,'' answers the silver-haired artist. ''We want to be. Someday.'' The amiable vice-chairman of the Mongolian Artists Union is here to test the waters.27 Mar 1993 - 12:00am