Friday, June 12, 2015

Sights to See: Muslim Quarter, Xi'an, China


Muslim Quarter  More than 80 million Muslims live in China.  I don’t think they all live here, but it sort of feels like it as you wander through the tight, mostly pedestrian-only streets and lanes.  (Actually, I checked, and Xi'an was the first city in China to be introduced to Islam, and only 50,000 Muslims live here.)  
pedestrian-only shopping street in Muslim Quarter in Xi'an, China

As you explore this atmospheric area, you can visit the Great Mosque of Xi’an (entry fee), shop in an exotic covered bazaar for colorful items from both China and the Middle East,
covered bazaar shopping in Muslim Quarter in Xi'an, China

and indulge in kabobs grilled on fresh tree branches as well as  other enticing street food (we were advised to stay away from the squid and crabs on a stick).
tree brances for kabobs in Muslim Quarter in Xi'an, China
squid and crab kabobs in Muslim Quarter in Xi'an, China
squid and crab kabobs in Muslim Quarter
flours and spices in Muslim Quarter in Xi'an, China
flours and spices
plump dried plums in Muslim Quarter in Xi'an, China
plump dried plums
pulling sesame candy in Muslim Quarter in Xi'an, China
pulling sesame candy
rice cake dessert on a stick in Muslim Quarter in Xi'an, China
rice cake dessert on a stick
You can also meet woodcut artist Ding Ji Tang, who works daily in his stall in the bazaar and sells his own colorful works as well as those of his students.  The Golden Flower Hotel, where I stayed, displays his art on guest room walls, so I noticed and liked his simple style even before this serendipitous opportunity to see him at work.  My only regret is that I couldn’t decide which piece to buy and so left empty-handed.
woodcut artist Ding Ji Tang in Muslim Quarter in Xi'an, China

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images ©2015 Carole Terwilliger Meyers  

 

4 comments:

  1. I have no idea there was such a large Muslim population in China. My husband loves sesame candy, he'd be really interested in visiting that street vendor (apologies if more than 1 comment came through, having trouble)

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  2. Haven't been to Xi'an, China yet but it's on my short list. Will definitely have to go to the Muslim quarter. Your photos are gorgeous! (2nd time trying to post this comment, so please delete if the first one did come through)

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    1. Thank you for the comment on my photos! BTW, only one reply came through and I'm so glad it did. :)

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  3. Wow, 80 million Muslims in China. Guess with a population of a billion it makes sense, but still surprising. great photos by the way.

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