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Muslim Quarter

Full of eats and treats.

sunny 95 °F

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Large populations of Chinese Muslims live in Xi’an. The Muslim Quarter is south of the drum tower and is a very vibrant, lively and interesting part of the city. The Muslim men wear white caps on their head and the women wear brightly covered scarves over their head. The Muslim Quarter is the only part of the city with very old buildings and houses in their original form. It looks and feels very different from the rest of the city. We ambled down one of the main streets, looking into shops and watching people. There are so many children in Xi’an! Everywhere we went, children were playing on the sidewalks with siblings (maybe not with the 1 child policy in China) or friends.

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We saw men playing Chinese chess, birds in cages hanging from trees, caged crickets in shops, and many unique food items like goat hooves and exotic fruit. We were advised to look but not eat as sanitation standards are not quite what they are in the US. Sigh…some of the food looked really good.

Girls were preparing pitas filled with dates and meat and there was a fried doughnut looking thing that was calling my name. I settled on a Sprite and just sniffed the delicious looking treats.

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This cute little guy was guarding the birds.

Posted by SusanConradWang 20:03 Archived in China Tagged xi'an muslim_quarter

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