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China to Mongolia: Crossing the Border

Photo: Vern Liaw In 2007, I found the cheapest way to go to Mongolia from China: fly to Beijing, take a train to the far north of China, then a bus to the border. Going to Mongolia was a spark ignited when I watched the documentary movie Khadak. The movie is about coal mining in …

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Mongol Rally: Driving Across Central Asia in a Hatchback

Photo: purpaboo It struck me recently just how quickly a ‘wouldn’t it be exciting if…’-type statement can become a rather serious reality, rather quickly. My disastrous Pyrenees crossing was born in this manner, as was my trip to India last year that landed me in explosive and unstable Kashmir, and the same thing has just …

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The Steepest Railways on Earth

Photo: Simon Aughton Before trains were ever imagined, funicular railways were created to transport people and goods from Point A to Point B. Interestingly, in the funicular design, Point A and Point B are separated by a sharp change in altitude. Photo: Allen McGregor Though it would seem that getting a car up a hill …

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The Bumpiest Roads on Earth

Photo: Monte Mendoza Ever notice that a path ripples before you? Fun for your bike, but bad for your car. Despite the frustration of a wavy path, some of the bumpiest roads are quite artistic, contributing to the thrill of riding over them. Scientists have named these roads ‘Washboard Roads’ and have studied their dynamics …

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India’s Most Incredible Adventure Travel Destinations

Photo: sahil Do you look forwards to visiting a place that can give you a magical experience, when it comes to adventure and landscape? It’s high time you plan your trip to India if you have not been there yet. As a matter of fact, in the past few years, India has become one of …