Muslimisches Viertel - Muslim Quarter

Muslim Quarter, Xi’an 2016

In Xi’an, kitchens of the East and China met over a thousand years ago. A tour of the Muslim Quarter of the city is like a culinary journey along the Silk Road.

As of the seventh century, Islam was allowed to be a religion in Xi’an, and many Arab and Persian traders settled down after a month-long journey. To this day several tens of thousands of their descendants inhabit the streets north-east of the Drum Tower, which marks the entrance to the Muslim Quarter.

The district is characterized by a labyrinth of lively streets with mud brick houses, where you have to make your way between colorful booths, craft workshops, spices, open kitchens, and mosques.


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