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Muslim Quarter
Muslim Quarter

Muslim Quarter

Xian, China

The Basics

The Muslim Quarter is one of Xian’s most atmospheric neighborhoods—a favorite place for sampling local street foods or shopping for souvenirs. Many sightseeing tours in the city pass through the neighborhood, including night tours and street food walking. Huimin Jie (Huimin Street) is a popular food choice, where you can sample specialties such as dumplings, kebabs, and steamed mutton.

While food is the star attraction, the Great Mosque of Xian—one of the oldest, largest, and best-preserved in China—is also worth a look. Remember that non-Muslim visitors will not be permitted in the main hall during prayer times.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Muslim Quarter is a must-visit for foodies and first-time visitors.

  • Bring some Chinese currency in small denominations to pay for street food or souvenirs.

  • Give yourself one to two hours to explore the neighborhood, and remember to wear comfortable walking shoes.

  • The Muslim Quarter is mostly accessible to wheelchair users, but not every attraction will be.

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How to Get There

The Muslim Quarter is located just behind the Drum Tower in the heart of Xian. If you’re coming from other parts of the city, take metro line 2 to Zhonglou station and leave through exit B, or take one of several local buses to Zhonglou Xi station. Alternatively, visit as part of a guided tour.

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When to Get There

The neighborhood is lively throughout the day and night, all year roud, though the evening hours tend to be the most atmospheric time to visit.

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What to Eat in the Muslim Quarter

The sheer variety of foods on offer in this neighborhood can be overwhelming, but there are a few dishes you shouldn’t miss. Be sure to try roujiamo, a freshly baked bun stuffed with savory beef or lamb. Other popular options include cold noodles, Xian dumplings, and yangrou paomo, a pita-like bread soaked in lamb soup. For dessert, try a persimmon fruit pie.

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