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.)
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,
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).
|squid and crab kabobs in Muslim Quarter|
|flours and spices|
|plump dried plums |
|pulling sesame candy|
|rice cake dessert on a stick |
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