Friday, June 03, 2016

Xian Trip 2016 - Day 1 - Muslim Street Shopping

History of Muslim Street 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 main food street area is known as Huimin Street or Muslim Quarter. You can read more from Chinahighlights website.

It is very interesting to take a walk in the many alleys and the night scene is really colourful.

I was amazed by the kite seller who could fly the many little kites at one go. (see my video)

Stick cake with osmanthus which is made from glutinous rice.

Do compare prices among the vendors and bargain for your souvenirs.

Saw lots of vendors selling cherries, I guess May must be the season of cherries.

Hahaha saw another vendor selling durians.

Saw lots of huge jujube (dates), they were sold very cheaply.

Was expecting rendang in Xian hahaha but muslim food in Xian is different from S.E.Asia, no rendang but mostly mutton with cold noodles or mutton on skewers. As I never like mutton so is a no no for me, dont mind beef though.

Video of Xian's Street Scene and Muslim Street Shopping

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