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Xi’an is the capital of the Shaanxi Province, is one of the oldest cities in China. It is a place one cannot miss when visiting China. It is a historic city that has many archeological sites, with plenty of fascinating museums and historic buildings an...more

Xi'an, China

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Xi’an is the capital of the Shaanxi Province, is one of the oldest cities in China. It is a place one cannot miss when visiting China. It is a historic city that has many archeological sites, with plenty of fascinating museums and historic buildings and places to visit. With one of the largest populations of Muslims in China, travelers will be pleased to find many Muslim-friendly and Halal-friendly facilities in Xi’an, China.

Xi’an, the capital of the Shaanxi Province, is situated in the central-northwest region of the People’s Republic of China. It is a city of historic beauty, and it used to be called the Chang’an (the eternal city) during ancient times. The city is best known for the Terracotta Warriors, which is a collection of terracotta figurines that was buried with Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, in memory of his armies.

The first city in China to be introduced to Islam was Xi’an, and since then a large community of Muslims has grown in the area. Situated in the city center is the Muslim Quarter, with an estimated 50,000 Muslims in Xi’an living in that area.

Nearby Airports

Xi'an Xianyang International Airport is the primary airport in Xi’an. It is the largest and busiest airport in the Northwest region of China.  

Halal Restaurants

With a sizeable population of Muslims in China living in Xi’an, there is no shortage of Halal food. The Muslim Quarter is a popular tourist spot and a heaven not only for Muslim tourists but for foodies of all kinds, with the streets lined with all kinds of Halal food stalls from kabob vendors, noodles, and dumplings to variety of cakes, local desserts, dried fruits, and snacks. And not to worry, all of the food you will find here will be Halal-friendly, therefore this is one of the best places to find Halal food and Halal restaurants in Xi’an.

Mosques

There are about 10 mosques in Xi’an, in the Muslim Quarter, so there is no problem of finding prayer facilities in Xi’an. The Great Mosque of Xi’an was the first mosque to be built in the area, in 742 AD. It is said to be the oldest, as well as one of the largest mosques in China. Unlike mosques in most parts of the world, The Great Mosque of Xi’an is constructed using mostly Chinese architectural influences. It is also a popular tourist destination. Other mosques in Xi’an include Daxuexi Lane Mosque, Xian Xiaopiyuan Mosque, and Xian Dapiyuan Mosque.

Things to Do and See in Xi'an

  • Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum
  • Giant Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Xi'an City Wall Scenic Spot
  • Bell Tower of Xi'an
  • Drum Tower
  • Great Mosque of Xi'an
  • Muslim Street and Muslim Quarter
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