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Muslim Quarter

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Muslim Quarter, Xian attraction

Brief Introduction 
The Muslim Quarter is located 100 meters west of Bell Tower, which is one of the most well-known parts of the city. This street is 5 meters in wide and around 500 meters in length. The street is lined on both sides with different shapes and different size, it features silk scarves, name chops, colorful farmer‘s paintings, traditional Shaanxi handicrafts, like the delicate and beautiful 'paper cuts'. Nearby Muslim Quarter, there are Xiyangshi Street, Beiyuanmen Street and Dongxingjie Street. Besides, Palatable snacks is ubiquitous on Muslim Street, all restaurant are Muslim ones and various Muslim food are easily available, that would be a great feast to your eyes and your stomach, such locals' favorite ones as roasted beef, roasted fish, and pancakes are all at your disposal and the price here is reasonable.

History of Muslim Quarter
Xi'an was the starting point of the ancient Silk Road 1,000 years ago in the Western Han Dynasty and a lot of merchants, foreign diplomatic envoys from Arabic countries and Persia went to Xi’an for business during the period and lived here. Then they settled down on here and they married and had children, the population increased and they were called the Hui people by the locals until today.

What to try in Muslim Quarter

Hand-stretched Noodles
Noodles come in all shapes and sizes 'round here, the noodles were made in wheat flour, rice flour, mung bean starch, green bean starch, and a half dozen other grains and pulses in a variety of sauces and soups in the Muslim Quarter alone. Here you will appreciate how they make and stretch the noodles as the kind of noodles you order.

Depending on what you order, the noodles are topped off with vegetables or braised meat. Beef or mutton are the most frequent choices, but no pork, since it is the Muslim Quarter after all.

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Stuff-on-a-stick
This is popular snack in Xi’an, called Rouchuan, which actually from the restaurant in the West. There are chunks of fatty lamb basted with chili sauce and sprinkled with cumin, dried chilies, and salt, of course, but there's also beef, mutton, lamb's liver, chicken wings, sausages of all sorts, chicken... you get the picture.

Muslim Quarter is a heaven for vegetarians where meat is a symbol of prosperity. They can get their things-on-a-stick fix. 

Hammered Candy
Xi'an is a city obsessed with nuts, and their candy reflects it. After repeatedly folding and stretching hot sugar across a hook, the candy gets transferred to a large wooden stump, where it's sprinkled with nuts.

That's when the kids-with-hammers get a go at it, pounding the nuts into the warm candy until it hardens into a quarter-inch-thick sheet.

That said, it's pretty cool to watch anyway, and candy-fan Max, who encountered a rather similar dessert across the country in Hangzhou, digs them.

Beef or Lamb Rou jia mo
Rou jia mo, the griddled bread split and stuffed with a wide variety of fillings, are a staple around here. A local downing a bowl of majiang liangpi (sesame cold skin noodles) with chopsticks in one hand and a small pork-filled bing in the other is a sight you come across multiple times a day.

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In the Muslim quarter, however, you'll also see lines for bing stuffed with beef which, in all honesty, tastes like a moister, more-chopped version of corned beef.

The cook will fish out chunks of braised cured beef brisket from a vat in their kiosk and place it on a wooden chopping block before finely chopping it with a large cleaver. He then splits open a bing and spreads it with slick chili oil.

Finally, it's stuffed with some of the chopped beef.

Liangpi Noodles (Cold Noodles)
It can be made from rice or from flour. On this street there are dozens of noodle stalls, where you can ask for cold noodle dish — you won't regret it!

How to get to Muslim Quarter

Bus Routes:  No. 7, 15, 32, 205, 215, 221, 222, 251, 252, 612, 618 or Tourist Line 8 (No. 610) and get off at Zhonglou Xi (Bell Tower West) Station. Walk towards the Drum Tower
Metro Routes: Line 2 and get off at Zhonglou (Bell Tower) Station. Get out from Exit B. Walk towards west for around 6 minutes

Travel Guide
Admission Fee: Free
Time for Visit: 1-2 hours
Opening Time: Whole day (stores usually open at 08:00-23:00)

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Mosted Asked Questions about Muslim Quarter

1. Do I need to pay the entrance fee to visit the Muslim Quarter?

No, it's free for visitors to go around the Muslim Quarter. It is a 500-meter street in Xian with many shops and restaurants along the street. It will be a great feast to your eyes and your stomach, such locals' favorite ones as roasted beef, roasted fish, and pancakes are all at your disposal and the price here is reasonable. And there are some other attractions around Muslim Quarter need to pay the entrance tickets, such as Grand Mosque, Bell & Drum Tower.

2. When is the Muslim Quarter closed at night?

The Muslim Quarter is open all the day (from 12:00AM to 23:59PM), but we suggest you go to visit the Muslim Quarter before 9:30 since the shops begin to close after 10:00pm.


3. I heard that Muslim Quarter a good place to shop? What should I buy there?

The Muslim Quarter is one of the good places to do shopping and buy some souvenirs, you can find different souvenirs at Muslim Quarter, it's cheaper here compared to other department store. You can buy the  of the Terracotta Warriors, Chinese painting & calligraphy, papercutting, shadow puppet etc. Be aware of your surroundings and bargain with the sellers so you can take home a wonderful souvenir from the Muslim Quarter.


4. How to get to Muslim Quarter from Xian train station by metro? Is there any metro station near Muslim Quarter?

Yes, there is. Xian Metro Line 2 is the cloest metro to Muslim Quarter, you can take line2 from Xian train station and get off at Zhonglou Station (Bell Tower Station), follow the Exit B and about 5 mins walk you will reach there.


5. Is it safe to eat the food at Muslim Quarter? Any typical food or snacks should try?

Actually, it's quite clean and safe to eat the food and snacks at Muslim Quarter, you should try the freshly-made food there. As Muslim Quarter is a Muslim food paradise and it's a must-visit places in Xian when you travel to there, you should try Yang Rou Pao Mo (flatbread in lamb soup), Rou Jia Mo, Liang Pi (cold skin noodle), Lamb kebab, Biang Biang Noodle etc.

6. Can I find the Halal food in Muslim Quarter? I'm from Indonesia.

Yes, halal food is easy found in Muslim Quarter Area. There are many Muslim people live there and open restaurant to sell the Halal food, so you can find lots of delicious Muslim food when you visit there, such as mutton soup, mutton pie, mutton dumplings, beef noodles etc. 

7. Muslim Quarter or Yongxingfang? Which one is better for food in Xian?

Both two streets are the famous food streets in Xian and they are very popular by tourists. The difference between Mulism Street and Yongxingfang is the food types. Muslim Street is famous for the muslim snacks, specialties of Muslims that are mainly beef and mutton;
The food in Yongxingfang are come from all parts of Shaanxi Province, including snacks from Yulin, Yan'an, Baoji, Xianyang, Hanzhong, Ankang, and other cities. If you want to see the bustling scenery and authentic culture of Xian, we highly recommend Muslim Quarter for you.

8. Is it worth to visit the Shadow play show at Muslim Quarter? How much is the cost?

It is one of interesting activities in Muslim Quarter, the shadow play show is performaning inside the Gao’s Countyard, you will find a small platform that’s used to perform the Shadow Play. If you travel with your children at Muslim Quarter, you are recommended to enjoy a traditional Shadow Play.
There is no fixed performance time, about ten minutes per show. Entrance Tickets: CNY30 for Gao's Countyard and Shadow play performance; If you want to experience on your own, it will be an extra charge CNY15 per person.


9. How long does it take to visit Xian Muslim Quarter? We need to catch train back to Beijing around 12:30pm.

It takes around 2 hours to visit the Muslim Quarter, you can visit some places around Muslim Quarter, such as Drum Tower, Grand Mosque and Gao's Countyard. You can spend some time to try the local food and sanck, to buy some souvenirs. If you need to catch the train back to Beijing, you'd better start your tour in the morning around 9am, it takes around 50mins from Muslim Quarter to Xian North Railway Station without traffic.

10. When is the best time to visit the Muslim Quarter in a day?

Afternoon and evening are the best time to go around the Muslim Street, the shops will open until 10am. You can go to visit the Muslim Quarter in the late afternoon to get a bustling atmosphere, more and more tourists come to this area for sightseeing, eating, having fun. It is also a good period to visit in the evening, you can enjoy night view of the Xian city since the whole area is illuminated.

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