muslim quarter

Admission Fee Free
Opening Hours Whole day (stores usually open at 08:00-23:00)

The Muslim Quarter, also known as Huimin Jie in Pingyin, is the vibrant heart of the Muslim community in Xi’an City, Shaanxi Province. Situated north of West Street in the city center, this bustling quarter encompasses several blocks inhabited by over 20,000 Muslims. Among its notable landmarks are about ten mosques, with the Great Mosque in Huajue Lane being the most renowned.

One of the highlights of the Muslim Quarter is its lively food and souvenir market. The Beiyuanmen Muslim Market, located just north of the Drum Tower, is a popular destination for both locals and tourists alike. Spanning approximately 500 meters from south to north, the street can be accessed through the archway under the Drum Tower. Lined with dark-colored stones and shaded by green trees, the street features buildings reflecting Ming and Qing Dynasty architectural styles. These establishments include restaurants and stores, all owned by Muslims.

While the Muslim Street is a tourist attraction for foreigners, it serves as a local snack street for residents, particularly during hot summer days. The street is renowned for its diverse culinary offerings, ranging from cakes and dried fruits to breads and barbecued meats on skewers. Visitors can indulge in a wide array of delicious snacks while immersing themselves in the vibrant atmosphere of this culturally rich quarter.

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