Stayed the night in Erlian and quickly remembered why I vowed to never return. I shouldn’t hate on this place too much though, what can you expect from any sort of border town really?

So what does one do in Erlian? Played 3 games of pool by myself, all of which I won. Ate some sort of street meat with warm beer, tried to find souvenirs but was only shown sex toys (maybe my pronunciation was off..) and watched movies in my hotel room while listening to a Mongolian couple argue. All in all, it still beats taking the sleeper bus.

@lamppp: living in Beijing, Mongolia is the cheapest route to renew a visa

Degen Hill

About: Degen Hill is a travel junkie, gym enthusiast, and avid writer who currently resides in Beijing. He is a 28-year-old graduate of Eastern Washington University where he studied Spanish & Communications and quickly learned that life's too short to not travel. Degen is aggressively realistic, open-minded, sarcastic, curious, and results-driven.

Currently: Degen graduated from Tsinghua University with a Master's of Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy in Beijing. He is now a reporter and editor for the political magazine China Today (今日中国). His Chinese language ability is a work in progress and enjoys the challenge. He is currently living in Andingmen (Right above the Forbidden City).