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Muslim Quarter: Paradise for foodies

Food lovers are spoiled for choices since Xi'an offers a dizzying array of local flavors and snacks. You can smell the ever-present aroma of roasted meat, noodles and bread through the Muslim Quarter, which bustles with hordes of locals and tourists.

The Muslim Quarter. /VCG Photo

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Don't miss out a diversity of local snacks at this a vibrant area thriving with cuisine from Muslim influences. One iconic dish worth trying is yangroupaomo, a nourishing meal made from crumbled unleavened bread soaked in a mutton stew. Also, roujiamo, a kind of Chinese teamed hamburger stuffed with juicy meat (often lamb or beef) is widely consumed at food stalls on streets. Other delicious treats you can easily find at the corner of the city include Liangpi (cold noodles), pomegranate juices and sour soup dumplings.

Chinese hamburger "Roujiamo". /VCG Photo

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The Great Mosque

Many locals believe that the soul of the Muslim Quarter resides in the Great Mosque. It is the largest and most complete Islamic mosque in China, with nearly 1,300 years of history. Occupying an area of more than 12,300 square meters (132,000 square feet), it now houses over 180 halls and rooms in five courtyards.

A pavilion at the Great Mosque. /VCG Photo

The Great Mosque was first built in 742 during the Tang Dynasty when foreign envoys gathered in Xi'an to share and exchange their ideas on religion, business and culture with the Chinese. Muslim merchants have settled in this city since then.

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