The Great Gobi Desert is one of the most inhospitable of all places. It covers 13 million square kilometers of Central Asia and is the land furthest removed from any sea or ocean. This results in a volatile climate, fierce winds and massive sandstorms. The few inhabitants of the place say that you can experience all four seasons in one day — from freezing winter to burning summer. And, as though to complete the devastation, this is where the Chinese located their nuclear testing ground.

All of this has discouraged would-be travelers and even explorers have thought twice before venturing into these wilds.

Not, however, John Hare,who has made a number of expeditions to the Gobi and to China's remote Xinjiang Province.