Xian's Muslim Quarter is a fascinating place. Located in the heart of the city, pedestrians pour into the streets every night to buy food and to people-watch. Some vendors shout to get your attention, others blast music from outdoor speakers. Not many cars brave the streets, but plenty of rickshaws and motorcycles force their way through the crowds, honking their horns the entire time. It's a loud and brash environment, and the energy is intoxicating. Most tourists only come to Xian to see the Terracotta Warriors
, but you should also take some time to walk through the Muslim Quarter.
Here are some of my photos:
Many of these shops line the streets.
And one more shop.
Chopping meat at the beginning of the night.
A wide variety of organs are for sale.
Coal is the predominant fuel for cooking.
They stack the coal on the ground and throw it in the cooker as needed.
There's a wide variety of meat for sale.
They blow on the meat to cool it off.
Xian is a meat-lover's paradise.
Here's where you dispose of your sticks.
Bread for sale.
These guys are hammering candy. You can see the final product to the left.
Another candy maker. He's stretching his candy on a hook.
The red fruit guy.
There are plenty of juice vendors, too. She's making pomegranate juice.
Cotton candy is becoming popular.
Pineapple and watermelon. They cut the pineapple in a spiral shape to remove the crunchy bits.
The Bell and Drum Towers are two of Xian's classic buildings. The Muslim Quarter is next door...
...And next to that are the Golden Arches.
Here are some more of my Muslim Quarter photos.