Why This Luxury Resort Appeared in the Middle of the Mongolian Desert

The Desert Lotus Hotel doesn't seem like a particularly convenient place to vacation. Embedded in the rolling dunes of Inner Mongolia, the hotel is more than 500 miles west of Beijing, far from the coast or any major metropolitan centers. But it is close to one thing: Baotou, the Chinese city that mines more than… » 8/21/13 12:00pm 8/21/13 12:00pm

Mongolia's Growing Mini-Glaciers to Battle Heat Island Effects

Despite being the coldest national capital in the world, Mongolia's Ulan Bator is about to undertake a unique climatological experiment—employing artificial glaciers to cool and water the city during its warmer months. » 11/16/11 2:20am 11/16/11 2:20am

Mongolian Nomads See a Picture of Themselves for the First Time in…

We all take seeing ourselves for granted. We're surrounded by it. It happens a disgusting amount. Login screens, buddy icons, Facebook vanity bonanzas—portraits mean nothing. But for these Mongolians, it's an amazing moment. You. Will. Smile. During. This. » 9/20/11 9:24am 9/20/11 9:24am