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Xi'an, China

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31 Shangjian Road Xincheng Xi'an Shaanxi China

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Mandarin/ Arabic

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All prayers including formal jum'a

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  • 5 Halal Chinese Dishes you Must Try in XiAn

    Xi’An, most famous for its terracotta soldiers, is a melting pot of religion and culture due to it being the final stop of the Silk Road. Xi'An is also known for its food, which is heavily influenced by Islamic cuisine, due to the many Middle-eastern merchants who visited the city in the past and brought their culture and food with them. The Muslim Quarter, a colourful, bustling part of the ancient city, is a must visit in Xi’An, serving a variety of Chinese-Islamic fair, it’s a foodie wonderland! It’s a warren-like network of street food vendors and restaurants. Deciding what to eat may be an overwhelming experience, so to help you out here are the top 5 dishes to try when in Xi’An! Credit - Giphy.com   1. Flatbread in mutton soup (Yangrou Paomo) Picture Credit - edition.cnn.com Yangrou paomo is their most iconic dish, therefore should be the first thing you try when in the city. It’s a hearty stew – its main component is shredded flatbread which is soaked in mutton broth. This is a fun dish as you play a part in its preparation process! After placing the order you will be provided with two pieces of flatbread – known as “mo” – which you are supposed to break into small pieces and place in a bowl. Once you return the bowl, they will cook the shredded bread in the mutton soup which also has rice vermicelli. The dish is topped with lamb or beef and served with sweet pickled garlic or raw garlic cloves as well as chilli paste.   2. Biang Biang Noodles (Biang Biang Mian) Picture Credit - lostplate.com Trying a noodle dish is a must when in China, and Xi’An has their own famous noodles – Biang Biang Mian. It was once known as the poor man’s noodles as it’s made of wheat flour and not rice. Wheat is the main crop of the region as it does not have abundant rainfall throughout the year. It is a bizarre noodle made out of wheat flour, oil and egg which makes it chewy, and is wide as a belt. It owes its popularity to its unique name which is onomatopoetic as it mimics the sound the dough makes when it hits the counter while being stretched. Biang is also the most complex Chinese character with 58 strokes! The noodles are flash boiled and served with vinegar, diced garlic, red chillies and boiled baby bok choy (Chinese cabbage). The dish is very savoury and wholesome.   3. Xi’An Meat burger (Roujiamo) Picture Credit - thewoksoflife.com Roujiamo is a Xianese take on the hamburger, with more history. Unlike the traditional hamburger which uses ground beef, they serve braised chopped beef or lamb with a crispy bun. The bun is made of leavened bread which is baked in a traditional furnace. The meat is slow cooked in a stew containing 20 spices and seasonings, which adds to the unique flavour of the meat. The burger is prepared by adding the meat filling to the bun and pan frying it to make sure all the juices are retained. The bun is crispy and has a flaky quality to it; the meat is chewy and packed with flavour.   4. Hot and sour dumpling soup (Suantang Shuijiao) Picture Credit - imstillhungry.net No trip to China is complete without trying dumplings, and Xi’An has their own brand of dumplings. They specialize in mutton dumplings bathed in hot and sour soup, the meat in the dumplings are tender and are an explosion of flavour, as the meat is seasoned with Xianese spices which have a Middle-Eastern influence. They boil the regular shuijiao dumplings in the hot and sour soup to add extra flavour to the dumplings. Sesame seeds, chopped leeks and cilantro give a flavourful kick to the broth, giving a unique aftertaste.   5. Persimmon Doughnuts (Shi Zi Bing) Picture Credit - artofadventuring.com Ending with a sweet note is the peculiar dessert, Shi Zi Bing, it is made out of the persimmon fruit. The flat disc-shaped dessert pastry has a unique texture to it and is definitely addictive. It is a speciality of Xi’An, therefore be sure to give this dessert a taste! The cakes/ doughnuts come stuffed in a variety of pastes such as osmanthus, peanut, and black sesame to name a few. The doughnut is deep fried which gives it the crispy outer layer and the mushy doughy inside with the sweet paste in the centre, it is similar to mochi. The dessert is great to quench thirst, however, is only available during the fall and winter months. Much of the Muslim quarter serves Halal friendly foods so all you foodies have no worries in that department. Xi’An is a culturally rich city and offers a unique culinary experience that’s sure to stick with you for a long time. So when in Xi’An follow your nose to the Muslim quarter and get lost in its many streets and indulge in their unique cuisine! Wondering how to find nearby Halal food during your trip to China? Don’t forget to use the Halaltrip app to locate Halal food places on your mobile in China so you won’t miss out on the best halal food...

  • Experience Islamic China in Xi’an

    Xi’an, a large city in central China, houses a predominantly Muslim population hence this Islamic city emerges as an extraordinary city offering a Halal, Muslim- friendly holiday with countless, convenient Halal food places and great, beautiful Mosques (prayer places). Xi’an not only cherishes its Islamic culture but also proudly showcases its historic Chinese monuments like the famous Terracotta Warriors, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the Bell Tower, the Forest of Stelae Museum and many more. Be sure to visit this modern city which, contradictorily also displays a beautiful ancient facet.   History of Xi’an, the first Islamic city in China Previously called Chang’an, this city served as the eastern end of the ancient Silk Route between China and the Roman Empire which was initiated in the 2nd century BC. The route not only helped transportation of goods easier but also conveniently facilitated sharing of ethnicity, culture and traditions through migration of merchants and traders. During this time of friendly business, a handful of Arabs and Persians settled in this land and introduced the Islamic faith in China. From this early civilization stemmed the 10 million ethnic Chinese Muslim population spread across China in modern times, out  70, 000 of which inhabit the Muslim Quarter in Xi’an.   Attractions that must not be missed when in Xi’an Modern-day Xi’an is the capital of the Shaanxi Province in central China with a bustling crowd of 8 million. This city welcomes thousands of tourists, for it exhibits archaeological sites dating back to the Zhou, Qin, Han and Tang dynasties'.   1) Terracotta Army The famous Terracotta Warriors; life-size, clay sculptures of the army of Qin Shi Huang are a must visit when in Xi’an. The tomb of the First Emperor of Qin is marked as one of the greatest archaeological discoveries and attracts historians, tourists and educationist from all around the globe.   2) The Big Wild Goose Pagoda An iconic Buddhist temple standing strong till date from the Tang Dynasty, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda is yet another attraction, whether Muslim or not.   3) Ancient City Wall The Ancient City Wall at the inner core of Xi’an, towering up to 12m in height is considered a landmark to date, separating the inner and outer city. This giant wall was built during the 14th century by Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang, Ming Dynasty and is now a great fascination for visitors to tour the city wall while biking or strolling about enjoying the beautiful view.   4) The Bell Tower The Bell Tower in Xi’an is located at the juncture of crossroads going north south, east and west. During the olden times, the enormous bell at the top of this tower was rung hourly to mark time and a replica of this historic bell still remains in the Bell Tower for visitors to see.   5) The Muslim Quarter Picture Credit -  Seriouseats.com This popular Muslim friendly location is basically a bunch of intertwined lanes offering countless kebab shops, stores exhibiting popular Muslim purchase items like the Hijab and Burka, and fruit stalls serving fresh fruits of all colour, size and shape. The Muslim Quarter is not only a must-visit region in Xi’an but a must-have experience on the whole. Within the Muslim Quarter alone there are comfortably 10 beautiful Mosques, all from various dynasties, of which the Great Mosque is the oldest and largest in all of China. Unlike the traditional Mosques as those in the Middle East and Turkey, the Mosques in Xi’an are designed to represent the Chinese culture and showcase ethnic architectural features like the Chinese pagodas, glazed tiled roof and the Phoenix statues.   6) The Great Mosque Picture Credit - www.thousandwonders.net The splendid, Great Mosque, is by far the most visited architectural treat to all Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Inspired by Chinese architecture, this structure was inaugurated during the peak era of the Tang Dynasty in 742. In present times, the prayer hall in Xingxin Tower of the Great Mosque bustles with more than one thousand worshippers daily during all five prayers times. Non-Muslims, not being allowed into the prayer hall can, however, visit the courtyard complex of the Mosque and have a walk around the serene gardens and witness the local heritage displays from 8 am to 7.30pm any day of the week. Address: Beiyuanmen Snacks Street, Lianhu, Xi'an, Shaanxi, China, 710001   Hui Chinese following Islam The Hui people are fully Chinese with the exclusion of the fact that they are Muslim unlike the majority of Han Chinese, even though ethnically similar. However, traditionally varying, the Hui have their own taste in fashion and their unique style of food ensuring usage of Halal ingredients. The Muslim Quarter is primarily occupied by the Hui. Halal Chinese cuisine in Xi’an Picture Credit - www.seriouseats.com Mutton and lamb are the hero ingredients of the majority of the Hui street food that are predominantly Halal certified. These meats are rendered in the Chinese culinary fashion, prepared by following the cooking techniques like braising and roasting as seen in the local cuisine. Some of the fast-moving dishes in the Muslim quarter are the chuanr which is technically meat kebabs cooked on skewers, na’an bread and yang rou pao mo; a soup style dish of crumbled flatbread in a mutton stew. Dining in one of the many restaurants or boutiques in the Muslim Quarter will give you the perfect Chinese style Halal meal. When is the best time to visit Xi’an? Generally, Xi’an has a continental climate, signifying seasons. The period between June and October is observed as the peak time for travelling to Xi’an for during this period it’s mainly warm and humid with possible monsoon showers. Another advantage of planning your travel during this time of the year is that your trip will coincide with the Xi’an Ancient Culture and Art Festival which happens in September. This festival highlights the Chinese traditions and culture showcasing folk performances: dance and music, art and literature. Enjoy a Muslim-friendly holiday in Xi’an, China. Experience the Islamic faith in China, representing the ethnic Chinese facets while exploring the numerous archaeological and architectural landmarks like the Terracotta Army and the Great Mosque exclusively in Xi’an, China. For more destination ideas on where to travel in 2018, check out our travel blog or download the Halaltrip Islamic Travel App to find locations of halal restaurants and mosques near you....

  • Silk Road Overview

    The Silk Road is one of the most famous trade routes since the ancient times. The Silk Road extended over thousands of miles and was used for transporting goods, silk, satin and luxuries. Silk was the main item to be transported along the Silk Route. Ibn Battuta while returning from Tabriz to Baghdad travelled on the Silk Road. Tabriz was the first city that opened its gates to the Mongols and became an important trading centre. The Silk Road was originally a trade route within China, which later expanded under the rule of the Han Dynasty. The route covered ancient China, ancient India, Asia Minor and Mediterranean. The silk trade route also played a significant role in the development of relations between the different regions. The trade between the east and west fell in the 3rd century with the fall of the Han Dynasty. It started functioning again under the rule of Emperor Wu Di and by the year 1400 it stopped function as a trade route for silk. The northern route of the Silk Road started in Chang'an, China, present day Xi'an. This route moved to the Chines province Gansu from Shaanxi. From here it split into three routes, which met again at Kashgar to split again. The southern route was mainly a single route originating from China and traversing Karakoram. In the modern days also the route remains as an international paved road connecting China and Pakistan. This route crossed high mountains passing through Pakistan, Afghanistan and joined the northern route in Merv. The route then followed the straight west line passing northern Iran, Mesopotamia, and northern Syrian Desert. A further route led to north through Anatolia or south to North Africa. Another branch of the road passed through Herat crossing the Persian Gulf across to Petra towards Alexandria and other ports along the Mediterranean.      ...



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