|— County-level city —|
|Country||People's Republic of China|
|• Total||4,015.09 km2 (1,550.23 sq mi)|
|Elevation||963 m (3,159 ft)|
|• Density||18/km2 ( 48/sq mi)|
|Time zone||China Standard (UTC+8)|
|Mongolian||In China －
In Mongolia －
Эрээн хот (Ereen khot)
Erenhot (Mongolian: , Эрээн хот; Chinese: 二连浩特; pinyin: Èrliánhàotè, commonly shortened to Ereen or Erlian) is a county-level city of the Xilin Gol League, in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, located in the Gobi Desert along the Sino-Mongolian border, across from the Mongolian town of Zamyn-Üüd. There are 74,197 inhabitants (2010 census) and the elevation is 966 metres (3,169 ft).
The border town is a rail port city and the largest hub for cross border trade between Mongolia and China. When authorities opened the town up in 1992 to international trade, Erenhot underwent a transformation growing from 8,000 people then to an estimated 100,000 people including migrant workers.
As a destination for wholesalers moving goods across the border, the city hosts a large trading market, International Trade City. Built in 2006 the mall is "a block-long, three-story wholesale market that houses 527 tenants who sell silk fabrics, rabbit and fox furs and other commodities."
Erenhot is a stop on the Trans-Mongolian Railway, making it one of two rail ports in Inner Mongolia as of 2010 (the other port is at Manzhouli on the Sino-Russian border). The rail link has struggled under the strain of growing trade with Mongolia and several new rail lines are under construction to ease the burden including two railways from different parts of China to a border port in East Ujimqin Banner.
International trains change bogies in here, because of the break-of-gauge between China and Mongolia. China uses the standard gauge, while Mongolia uses the Russian 1520 mm gauge. The manual bogie exchange is to be supplemented with the faster, automatic Variable gauge axle system of the SUW 2000 type made by ZNTK.
The area around the town, especially a salt lake known to paleontologists as Iren dabasu or Iren nor (Mongolian: Ereen = Colourful, davs = salt, nuur = lake) to the east, is known for the discovery of a number of different dinosaurs. The city houses a dinosaur museum, and in 2006 a big arch in form of two Sauropoda was built on the highway southward. In 2007, a number of smaller figures of different species were added.
Erenhot experiences a cold desert climate (Köppen BWk) with long, very dry, and bitter winters and short, hot summers. Monthly daily average temperatures range from −18.1 °C (−0.6 °F) in January to 23.3 °C (73.9 °F) in July, with an annual mean of 3.98 °C (39.2 °F). The city receives over 3,200 hours of sunshine per year, and clear, sunny, dry weather generally dominates year-round; due to the aridity, the diurnal temperature variation frequently approaches and exceeds 15 °C (27 °F). Over two-thirds of the sparse 142 millimetres (5.6 in) of annual rainfall occurs from June to August alone.
|Climate data for Erenhot (1971−2000)|
|Average high °C (°F)||−10.5
|Average low °C (°F)||−23.7
|Precipitation mm (inches)||1.2
|Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm)||1.7||1.9||1.9||2.0||4.1||6.8||9.0||8.8||4.5||2.9||2.4||2.2||48.2|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||221.0||228.6||281.4||293.0||323.6||324.4||310.7||294.0||279.0||255.3||216.3||205.0||3,232.3|
|Source: China Meteorological Administration|
See also 
- Official website
- Erenhot travel guide from Wikivoyage
- Dinosaurs Roam Scenic Boulevard August 7, 2007 (China.org.cn)
- MSN Map
- An Erenhot Travelogue AsiaObscura.com