Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Muslim Quarter

The next morning we woke up to clear skies and began our quick one-day tour of Xi'an. First stop was the Muslim Quarter. This area was set aside by the Chinese government and is home to over 20,000 Muslims. The history of the Muslim population and the Chinese government hasn't been all sunshine and roses. Now the street is open to the public for tourism and has become quite popular because of the interesting (and tasty) foods. We arrived early in the morning so we weren't in the mood for snacks, but we enjoyed walking one of the main streets and watching the day being.
Hand-painting with a tiny paint brush.
Persimmon Fruit Pies

Making salted walnuts
One of the biggest treats in this area is crumbled unleavened bread in mutton stew. We saw many pots being warmed with some interesting ingredients, but weren't hungry enough to try them.

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