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Sites Along the Silk Road

Virtual cave shines a light on past

A soothing tune echoes through a grotto in the dusty Mogao caves of the Gobi desert in Gansu province, the muted colours of an elaborate Buddhist mural popping out of the wall in all its 3-D glory.

Friday, 16 March, 2012, 12:00am

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

Traveling the Silk Road

Traveling the Silk Road by Mark Norell, Denise Patry Leidy and the American Museum of Natural History Sterling Signature

If nothing else this book, Traveling the Silk Road - Ancient Pathway to the Modern World, leaves the reader with a new appreciation for camels.

11 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Caves into the past

Some brush off the Mogao Caves - also known as Thousand Buddha Caves - in Dunhuang, Gansu province , as a site of nothing more than fading wall paintings. Three Hong Kong students disagree. They see the murals as a legacy of a fascinating bygone era.

3 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

In Brief

Senior media official in Shaanxi stabbed to death

29 Nov 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

260m yuan relief project at hand for famed grottoes

The go-ahead has been given for a 260 million yuan plan to protect the fragile, Unesco-listed Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang, Gansu province, from degradation.

14 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Desert chic for Shanghai Tang

The inspiration for Shanghai Tang's 'Khotan' autumn/winter collection preview at Cuisine Cuisine on September 19, was the Taklamakan Desert along the Silk Road. The space was filled with images of western China, and the collection included woolly sweaters with ethnic tribal patterns, led by Shanghai Tang's Liu Dan.

5 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

A river ran through it

Adilapidated, abandoned building on the quiet shores of Kazakhstan's Lake Balkhash is a stark reminder of a fishing industry in rapid decline. The doors to the facility are locked, but its Soviet-era murals - proud fishermen standing lakeside amid a bountiful catch - are easily visible through the missing roof and broken windows.

22 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Lam hits a green note

Songwriter and singer Chet Lam Yat-fung wants people to be more eco-friendly after seeing the damage caused to the spectacular snow mountain Tian Shan, in Xinjiang.

7 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Source of rare jade in Xinjiang could be depleted in six years

China's supplies of a rare jade, mainly mined from a river in Xinjiang, will soon be exhausted if excessive exploitation continues, a gem expert warned.

30 Aug 2006 - 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

Post run at peak of diplomacy

Many believe that the regular and peaceful exchange of mailbags at Nathu La paved the way for the landmark agreement to restart border trade.

Every Wednesday and Sunday, a snow-chained Indian Army truck grinds its way to Nathu La from Gangtok. Simultaneously, a People's Liberation Army vehicle trundles up to the Tibetan side of the Himalayan crossing.

30 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

Xinjiang playing crucial role in development drive

Most of China's west is a large tract of arid land, the country's biggest province - the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on the northwestern frontier - but is so richly endowed with natural resources that it is the envy of neighbouring provinces.

18 May 2001 - 12:00am

Plucked from the sands of time

IT may look deceptively similar to Chinese. But, for more than a century, the strange script used by the former Tangut empire of Tibetan Buddhists has baffled scholars the world over.

7 May 2000 - 12:00am

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