Why the Biggest Bitcoin Mines Are in China

The heart of Bitcoin is now in Inner Mongolia, where dirty coal fuels sophisticated semiconductor engineeringPhoto: Stefen Chow Photo: Stefen Chow Inner Mongolia, 8 a.m.: A measurable fraction of all the computing power on the Bitcoin network is on these shelves.

It’s only 8 in the morning when I arrive at my destination in the Ordos prefecture of Inner Mongolia, but already the air is heavy and oppressively hot. My host drives me through a gate, past a sleepy-looking...

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