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Muslim market, Xi'an

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Jostle your way through the crowd while enjoying the pungent aromas at Muslim market, a street packed with shops and food stalls. Paved with dark blue-grey flagstone, the 500 m (1,640 ft) long street offers local must-try specialties such as roujiamo (spicy marinated beef) and yangrou paomo (Uyghur pita bread soaked in thick lamb soup). Extending north from a landmark tower, the street marks the gastronomical hub for the area, its market serving the 20,000-plus Muslim community here. Watch craftsmen make ornamented bread or candy, which you can take as a souvenir. Take a look at our Xi'an trip planner to schedule your visit to Muslim market and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Being based in Thailand, I am quite accustomed to markets... but this was something else. From beautiful lamb kebabs (carved straight from the carcass) to amazing braised beef in pitta bread... the wh...  more »
  • This area is situated near the Drum Tower and south gate of the city wall and is a delight for those wanting to try delicious local food. The 'Chinese hamburgers' were my favourite, so queue up with t...  more »
  • Went on a tour of China with Gate 1 and the first place visited in Xi'An it is amazing. Loved seeing all the different shops and the street has such energy! There is a man on the end of the street on ...  more »

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