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.