|Erdenet, with a population of nearly 75 000, is the second largest city in Mongolia and capital of Orhon province.
One of the world's large open pit copper mines is the reason for this city.
This is why Èrdènèt is, with Ulaanbaatar, the most developed town of the country and, with Baga nuur, the cleanest one.
It is possible to visit the copper mine. There is also a museum of the mine.
If you want to go back home with a Mongolian carpet, this is the place. There are small ones. Erdenet carpet was one of the first ISO 9001 certified companies in the country.
You can rent tourist material (but no vehicle) at Fiable.biz, a small company managed by a French.
There are many restaurants in the downtown area. Including at least two Korean and one Chinese.
One daily night train leaving at 20:20 from Ulaanbaatar, arriving at 08:00. Four coaches daily, mini-vans and car service from Ulaanbaatar. First class train is about USD20. Dining car on the train with Mongolian food, juice, cokes, beer, snacks etc.. The second class ("common") train is the cheapest way to go to Erdenet: 6 800 MNT in May 2009. Mini-vans will then drive you from the station to the city centre (8 km from the station) for 700 MNT (May 2009). Coaches go from Ulaanbaatar for 11 000 MNT (May 2009) and can take more for extra luggage.
The highway is paved all the way from Ulaanbaatar, but it is two lane and not well maintained. Some people avoid the car and mini-van services because the drivers tend to drive too fast and there are many accidents.
It is possible to bicycle, but watch out for speeding cars.
MicroBus and cars to Ulaanbaatar.