Muslim Quarter (Huimin Street)

Muslim Quarter

Muslim Quarter is several popular food streets inhabited by Muslim Hui people nearby Xi’an city center. It is a must – see place when visiting Xi’an. It has thousands of years’ history till now.

Muslim Quarter is situated at the back of the Drum Tower; it is composed of multiple streets: North Guangji Street, Beiyuanmen, Xiyangshi, Dapiyuan, Huajuexiang, Sajinqiao, etc. The deep cultural deposits and the about 300 local flavors at the food shops or on the streets are the unique charms of Muslim Quarter.

What to See/Do: The streets at Muslim Quarter are basically paved with bluestones; alongside the streets are green trees and architectures built in Ming and Qing Dynasty style. Restaurants and stalls here are mainly run by local Muslims, therefore it offers deep Islamic culture. Muslim Quarter has many cultural relics, such as the Great Mosque, the Family Gao’s Courtyard etc. It also offers various local souvenirs like minature clay warriors, shadow play figures, paper-cuts etc.

Apart from these and most of all, there are many very famous food, such as Yangroupaomo (Mutton and Bread Pieces in Soup), which is easy to find at each corner of the streets, Roujiamo (Marinated Meat in Baked Bun), cold noodle (Liangpi), Qishanmian (Qishan Noodle) and Guantangbao (soup dumplings) and more. It is appropriate to visit the Quarter in four seasons, but we still suggest you enjoy the cool: try some local specialties and experience the bustling atmosphere here in summer at night.

Address: West of Bell Tower, Beilin District, Xi’an.
Opening time: All Day
Public transport: Take bus No. 4, 7, 15, 32, 43, 45, 201, 205, 206, 215, 218, 221, 222, 251, 300, 604, 611, 612, K630 or K706, or the subway line 1 or 2 and get off at Zhonglou (钟楼).

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