As long as 1000 years ago in Han Dynasty, the Moslem Street was the starting point of The Silk Road. Foreign diplomatic envoys and overseas students, merchants from Persia and Arab lived here, then they married and had children, gradually the population increased. Now the Moslem Street is home to 60,000 Islamic followers, most of who are the descendants of these old immigrants. With a long history, this historical streets area has ten mosques of different architectural styles and varied in scale, a series of cultural relics including the famous Xian City's God Temple, Xicheng Gateway built in Ming Dynasty, Hanguang Gate in Tang Dynasty, Gao Family Compound are also situated in this area.
Paved with green stones and semi-embraced by trees, the Moslem Street is full of restaurants and stores erected on both sides in the styles of the Ming (1368-1644) and the Qing Dynasties (1644-1911). Most popular authentic Islamic specialties in the street are Rou Jia Mo, meat stuffed in wheat buns; Yang Ruo Pao Mo, by tearing the tough "bread" into pieces and then put them in the soup with mutton and vermicelli, the famous stall is Lao Sun Jia; the famous Xian snack brand Jiasan Steamed bun stuffed with juicy beef or mutton (Jiasan Guan Tang Bao), which is praised by many Chinese celebrities; Pingwa Baked Meats and the fried rice with pickled Chinese cabbage and little capsicum; all kinds of northwestern style noodles, etc.
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