Xian's Muslim Quarter

Xian's Muslim Quarter

The hub of Xian’s Hui (Chinese Muslim) community, the Muslim Quarter is an intriguing labyrinth of old streets just north of the Drum Tower. The Grand Mosque at its heart was built in the 10th century, when the Islam religion arrived with the merchants of the Silk Road, of which Xian is the eastern terminus. The population has expanded markedly over the centuries, there are 7 mosques now, and keeping many cultural traditions that you can still see as you wander through today.

The main streets of the quarter are lined with Ming and Qing-style architecture, and full of butchers shops and sesame oil factories. Entering the narrower, more winding alleyways, you’ll find markets brimming with souvenirs manned by women in colourful head scarves and, more importantly, food! To the local people of Xian, the Muslim Quarter is the place to head for a snack, so we would advise you to do the same. Visit at night for an even more atmospheric experience.

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Six Facts About Xian's Muslim Quarter

A nightly shadow puppet show takes place on the Muslim Quarter’s main street

Have a taste of the handmade ginger candy and fruit leathers

Visit the Grand Mosque, a unique blend of Muslim and Chinese architecture. The first mosque in China, founded in the year 742, the gardens are particularly tranquil

Haggle for souvenirs at one of the many fascinating market stalls

The Muslim Quarter’s most famous dishes are dao xiao mian (wheat noodles), rou jia mo (Chinese hamburger), ma jiang la pi (spicy jelly noodles) and lamb kebabs

Wander the bustling streets at night to soak up the fantastic atmosphere


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