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Moslem Street

Location of Moslem Street

Xian Moslem Street, also known as Huimin Jie in Chinese, just as the name implies, Moslem Street is the garthering center of the Moslem community in Xian City, Shaanxi Province. It is nestled near the Drum Tower, around 500 meters (about 547 yards) long from south to north, paved with dark colored stone with green trees on both sides. Along the street, you can find the buildings are modeled the styles of Ming (1368-1644) and the Qing (1644-1911) Dynasties, no matter it is a restaurant or a store. The same culture connotated by these constructions is that the owners are all Moslems.

This street has already enjoyed a long history. Since long time before, foreign merchants and diplomatic envoys have stayed here, forming their own families and cultivating children, contributing to the gradually increased population. Today, most of the inhabitants here are descendants of these immigrants. All the Moslems here are reverent and devout followers of Islam,  they form a united community, helpful in maintaining distinctive Islamic culture and traditions even in such a modern society today. The residences here are quite familiar with each other as they were companions when young, grew up together and year after year, they finally got married and had their own children, it is almost certain that they would grew older and older or even pass away together.

When you walk along this twist, narrow street which is dotted with stores on both sides, in which selling authentic delicious hand-making Moslem food, you can see Moslem men wearing white hats sitting in the stores, talking leisurely with each other. Outside of some stores, you can find old men with white beards sitting on the cane chairs enjoying the tender sun and having fun with little kids running along the street. While there are also small stores selling special local products and exquisite souvenirs of Shaanxi Province.


Eating on Moslem Street

There is a saying widely spreaded in Shaanxi that once you have been to Moslem Street, you won't forget Xian snacks. Yang Rou Pao Mo, a representative snack of Xian, is particularly delicious. Fried rice with pickled Chinese cabbage and little capsicum is quite savoury, typically suit for eating in hot summer's day. Roast beef, mutton or lamb is another snack that can make your mouth water, which can be tasted after being broiled on a charcoal fire with some flavorings on the meat. As for the steamed stuffed bun of Jiasan, whose main ingredients are beef or mutton mixed with the soup decocted from the bones of sheep or cattle is too tasty to be tired of.

Fruit pies with persimmon inside are regarded as the unique refreshment in Xian, taking bright red, glittering and translucent persimmons from the Lintong District of Xian City, Shaanxi Province as the basic ingredients, after getting rid of the pericarp of the persimmons, pounding the flesh, mixing it with flour, then putting the sweet-scented osmanthus and white sugar inside as the stuffing, frying in oil until they are cooked, tasting both savory, sweet and soft.

In spite of what mentioned above, there are also a great many other snacks to be found along this street, such as  casserole, preserved meat, diversified noodles, and so on, all worth a taste.

Moslem Street Notes

Transportation: Take bus 4, 15, 32, 43, 45, 201, 205, 206, 215, 218, 221, 222, 251, 300, 604, 610 or 611 and get off at Zhong Lou (Bell Tower) Station, walk towards the the Drum Tower, it lies right behind the Drum Tower.