Shenzhou 10 Spacecraft Launched Successfully

China’s Shenzhou (Sacred Vessel) 10 spacecraft launched successfully from its base in the Gobi Desert on Tuesday, carrying three astronauts on a 15 day mission to the orbiting Tiangong (Heavenly Palace) 1 space station....

Wine from Gobi Desert Aims At Market

As China’s local wine market grows and foreign labels are running vineyards in China, wine from the Gobi desert is aiming at the booming market. The Gobi desert is located in the Inner Mongolia and Xinjiang region. Although the...

Mongolian “Ninja” Miners Sate China’s Gold Lust

Reuters’ David Stanway delves into a Mongolian gold rush in which tightening environmental regulations and soaring prices fuelled by Chinese demand “‘have – pardon the pun – driven mining...

Googling Pollution Hotspots & the Lost Great Wall

At Smart Planet, Tom Hancock reports on the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs’ use of Google Maps to catalogue pollution cases: A crowd of blue markers covering the map show the location of each firm, and the...

Mysterious Formations in the Gobi Desert (Updated)

On Google Maps, a scan of Northern China’s Gobi Desert will reveal a scattering of strange and massive geometric figures. These shapes have yielded an array of explanations. Shanghaiist provides a few theories, and also a...

Christian Le Mière: China’s Western Front

Can Beijing Bring Order to Its Restive Provinces? This article on the Foreign Affairs says: Early last month, the mayor of Urumqi, the capital of the western Chinese province of Xinjiang, described the struggle to maintain...

Revolt Stirs Among China’s Nuclear Ghosts

Survivors of China’s nuclear tests in the Gobi Desert, which may have killed 190,000, are demanding compensation. The Time reports: They talk of picking up radioactive debris with their bare hands, of sluicing down bombers...

China: The Great Northwest

A motorcycle trek through the Chinese northwest was the inspiration for the following travelogue. The motorcyclist started in the earthquake ravaged Sichuan, and went on through other major sites such as Lanzhou, Jiayuguan,...



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