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A wander through the Muslim quarter of Xi’an

Located on the Silk Road, Xi’an remains a melting pot of cultures. Behind its modernity, you’ll find remnants of the ancient world….

By Simone Sturla
Inbound Manager at Asian Trails, Alfred&'s partners in China

A wander through the muslim quarter of Xi'an

People often treat Xi’an as a destination to pass through in order to visit the Terracotta Warriors but this historical city has so much more to offer. Located at the eastern end of the Silk Road, Xi’an still remains a melting pot of cultures and behind its modernity, you’ll find remnants of the ancient world. As we explore the Old town and Muslim quarter on foot, we aim to show you a side of this city you may not otherwise encounter.

For centuries, the backstreets north of the Drum Tower have been home to Xi’an’s Hui community. The Grand Mosque is the obvious attraction but it’s the vibrant atmosphere of the narrow lanes that will leave the biggest impression. Men and women dressed in colourful headscarves and white skull caps hurry through the markets going about their daily business. We’ll pass butcher shops, sesame-oil factories, mosques – it really is a feast for all the senses and like nothing else you’ll have experienced in China.

My one piece of advice would be to arrive hungry as the Muslim quarter is abundant with some of the most interesting street food you’ll find in China. I highly recommend the liquid nitrogen infused snacks!


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Alfred & Simone Sturla

Originally from Italy, Simone is the inbound manager and business development director for our partners in China, Asian Trails. Asian Trails look after our customers when they arrive, ensuring they have access to the very best local guides and all the benefits that local contacts can bring. From his early days guiding groups across South America and Africa to teaching guests about the wondrous world below the ocean surface as a scuba diving teacher, Simone is never shy of an adventure. Having sparked an affectionate relationship with China, Simone has mastered the Chinese language to a fluent level and is proud to call the world's largest country home. In his spare time, he enjoys diving deep into the world of ancient religions and philosophies as well keeping his advanced scuba skills up to date.  

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