Food and culture in the Muslim Quarter, Xi’an

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10 Responses

  1. Dave Rowley says:

    Great posting! It’s really interesting to hear your views on a Muslim area in China after all your experiences in the Middle East. Amazing that the Xian Mosque is all Chinese architecture, even a pagoda instead of minaret! I love the photo of the colorful fountain with pagoda behind, and of the rice cake on a stick – looks delicious! Do Muslim people in Xian dress differently from non-Muslims? You mentioned the skullcaps – did you see lots of people in the Muslim quarter wearing skullcaps or other traditional Muslim clothes? China seemed to me like a very non-religious country, did you find the same in Xian? And what differences are there between hard and soft sleeper trains? Sorry for all the questions!

    • Hey Dave!
      Glad you liked the post :)
      Yes, there were a lot of men in skull caps and many wore clothes that were more Islamic than Chinese. I read that China is mostly Atheist but the Buddist temples we visited were always busy. The Mosque was very quiet but I imagine it gets pretty busy on a Friday.
      The hard sleeper is 6 berth and open to the corridor. Soft sleeper is four berth in an enclosed cabin. I personally didn’t find it any ‘softer’ though, the beds were still quite firm! I think I prefer hard sleeper as it’s more open.
      No worries about the questions! I love that you take an interest!

      • Flyer! says:

        I think its also interesting to note that Islam in China has had a long history since 632 when it first came via Arab diplomats who I believe were descendants from the Prophet Muhammed. Had China not become Atheist I think Islam would have a much larger presence in China rather than being largely confined to the Northern areas. Probably say the same for other religions too but Islam in particular because (I may be delving into politics here) the Nationalists had a lot of Muslim personnel in their armies. Much like how it was in the Ming Dynasty.

        • I find the movement of people over the millennia fascinating, the spread of ideas, religion and language. I often wonder how things would have been so different in many places under slight changes of history. Thanks for visiting!

  2. trixpin says:

    How amazing does this all look? My eye was immediately caught by the dried kiwi fruit – I’ve had it once and LOVE it. V. jealous ;)

  3. Looks like a really nice neighbourhood, such a lovely post and now my tummy is rumbling!

  4. Very informative! Loved the pictures of this city looks so colorful.

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