Muslim Quarter – Xi’an
Xi’an was the starting point of the ancient Silk Road 1,000 years ago in the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-9 AD).
A number of merchants and overseas students from the Arabic countries and Persia went to Xi’an for business and studying since the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-9 AD); they settled down on the present Muslim Street, and they were called the Hui people by the locals.
One generation after another, the descendants of the Hui ethnic people multiplied and lived on the street, and the number has now reached over 60,000.
The Muslim food in Xi’an can be traced back to the Tang dynasty. Later, developed its special characteristic of mainly using beef and mutton and complementing with pastry. Today, the Muslim Quarter is famous for its traditional foods and cultural activities.