The Compact Xi’an Itinerary

China, Xian Guide (B): The Compact Xi’an Itinerary

Hands down, Xi’an is one of my favorite places I’ve traveled to in China. The city has something so unique and special about it that you simply cannot find anywhere else! Due to its boom in the Tang Dynasty, when Arabian and Persian traders carried on business and settled in the city, the Muslim influence is still visible today in the architecture, lifestyle and food culture of Xi’an. Therefore, every traveller should save this Xi’an itinerary and put the city on their bucket list!

Start your journey at the famous Muslim Quarter of Xi’an. I find this part of the city’s history the most intriguing since this quarter was established by Muslim merchants from the Middle East who came to Xi’an, then called Chang’an, and stayed there. It was the first city in China to be introduced to Islam. Today Xi’an’s Muslim community is referred to as the “Hui” minority group with around 50,000 estimated members in Xi’an alone.

Why visit the Muslim Quarter? It’s a bustling hub with Muslim food and souvenir markets! It’s the perfect place to get lost and try street food, buy the greatest souvenirs or simply people-watch and take photos! Come here during the day and in the evenings – it’s always lively and lots of fun! ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: The Compact Xi’an Itinerary
Guide Location: China » Xian
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: The Great Mosque   Big Goose Pagoda   Da Ci’en Temple   Banpo Museum  
Author: Linda Dunsmore
Read it on author's website: http://www.lindagoeseast.com/2016/04/18/the-compact-xian-itinerary/