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China Xian Muslim Quarter Chilli

23 April 2018

The grandest scale

The muslim street market of Xian

Everything in Xian is huge and made to look ancient, except its all really very modern, and ultra clean, and well lit. I like it.
There are certainly tourists here, presumably all to see the terracotta warriors, which seem to fund the entire cities wealth even though they are quite a long distance out of the city.
Thats not to say the centre of Xian has no history on offer, there are lots of famous monuments and a huge muslim community who have turned their streets into an amazing amusement park of street stalls and neon lights. I also liked that.

As you will see the entire area has been beautified, with fresh flowers planted everywhere, floral sculptures, good quality street furniture, I could go on, I wont, instead I will go on in the photos below.

I do however already think I need more days in Xian, I am only here for 3 nights.

China-Xian-Muslim Quarter-Chilli - There is no lack of modern shopping malls. As you will see they started out huge and got bigger and more awesomely ancient Chinese in design.

There is no lack of modern shopping malls. As you will see they started out huge and got bigger and more awesomely ancient Chinese in design.


China-Xian-Muslim Quarter-Chilli - Here is a random street scene looking back towards the bell tower. Again I probably went the wrong way, but then again there probably is no wrong way

Here is a random street scene looking back towards the bell tower. Again I probably went the wrong way, but then again there probably is no wrong way in Xian, everywhere is nice.


China-Xian-Muslim Quarter-Chilli - A store has set up on a staircase leading to another store.

A store has set up on a staircase leading to another store.


China-Xian-Muslim Quarter-Chilli - Here is a pedestrian street. Pffft, it may look nice and clean and modern, but this is the crappy pedestrian street, keep going.

Here is a pedestrian street. Pffft, it may look nice and clean and modern, but this is the crappy pedestrian street, keep going.


China-Xian-Muslim Quarter-Chilli - I made a brief stop to challenge some guys to a radio controlled car race. Mine went under an electric bus so I just ran off.

I made a brief stop to challenge some guys to a radio controlled car race. Mine went under an electric bus so I just ran off.


China-Xian-Muslim Quarter-Chilli - There will not be a lack of modern malls. They are also all joined together by an underground network of tunnels.

There will not be a lack of modern malls. They are also all joined together by an underground network of tunnels.


China-Xian-Muslim Quarter-Chilli - The picture doesnt convey this, but this is a book store in a street underpass tunnel. There is nothing else in this tunnel. What the photo doesnt sho

The picture doesnt convey this, but this is a book store in a street underpass tunnel. There is nothing else in this tunnel. What the photo doesnt show is that its a steep downward slope. Its like its meant to be a drainage tunnel, but instead its a book shop, maybe its both.


China-Xian-Muslim Quarter-Chilli - The modestly sized local government office. I presume they have more money than they know what to do with.

The modestly sized local government office. I presume they have more money than they know what to do with.


China-Xian-Muslim Quarter-Chilli - Miles and miles of flowers and manicured trees.

Miles and miles of flowers and manicured trees.


China-Xian-Muslim Quarter-Chilli - I stopped to get my bearings crossing a major road, bell tower again.

I stopped to get my bearings crossing a major road, bell tower again.


China-Xian-Muslim Quarter-Chilli - Still more flowers. Lots more were being planted, most stores had giant sculptures made out of flowers.

Still more flowers. Lots more were being planted, most stores had giant sculptures made out of flowers.


China-Xian-Muslim Quarter-Chilli - A truly magnificent spectacle. The long building on the right is all restaurants...and a starbucks.

A truly magnificent spectacle. The long building on the right is all restaurants...and a starbucks.


China-Xian-Muslim Quarter-Chilli - This is a department store. Along here all the stores are ancient China themed. Some might think thats silly but I like it.

This is a department store. Along here all the stores are ancient China themed. Some might think thats silly but I like it.


China-Xian-Muslim Quarter-Chilli - This however is not a department store. It gets dark very late here because its a long way west of Beijing. Later on in the distance I could see this

This however is not a department store. It gets dark very late here because its a long way west of Beijing. Later on in the distance I could see this was brightly lit up, I will provide a photo on another night.


China-Xian-Muslim Quarter-Chilli - Now we enter the amazing Muslim street market area.

Now we enter the amazing Muslim street market area.


China-Xian-Muslim Quarter-Chilli - It is so good its worth 2 photos.

It is so good its worth 2 photos.


China-Xian-Muslim Quarter-Chilli - The main food is sheep, we call it lamb, they prefer to call it mutton, some times they call it baby mutton when they mean lamb. There are lots and lo

The main food is sheep, we call it lamb, they prefer to call it mutton, some times they call it baby mutton when they mean lamb. There are lots and lots of stalls carving entire sheep like this in the street.


China-Xian-Muslim Quarter-Chilli - There are also numerous spice shops, mainly chilli, thats fine by me. This one was featured on CCTV. Just like in Japan, if you have been on NHK, the

There are also numerous spice shops, mainly chilli, thats fine by me. This one was featured on CCTV. Just like in Japan, if you have been on NHK, the same applies in China if you have been on CCTV, you should have a sign informing everyone. My number one business plan is fake I have been on CCTV signs. I am sure its already been done.


China-Xian-Muslim Quarter-Chilli - Running off the network of main streets are these alleyways with signs saying they lead to the Xian mosque. I could not find the mosque, I was looking

Running off the network of main streets are these alleyways with signs saying they lead to the Xian mosque. I could not find the mosque, I was looking for minarets though, maybe it doesnt have minarets?


China-Xian-Muslim Quarter-Chilli - Clearly, Muslim Chinese, or perhaps regular Han Chinese visiting the Muslim Chinese amusement park, enjoy having their feet nibbled by fish.

Clearly, Muslim Chinese, or perhaps regular Han Chinese visiting the Muslim Chinese amusement park, enjoy having their feet nibbled by fish.


China-Xian-Muslim Quarter-Chilli - Just another one of the streets a few blocks away from the main chaos. Someone is making drinks with liquid nitrogen here...dangerous!

Just another one of the streets a few blocks away from the main chaos. Someone is making drinks with liquid nitrogen here...dangerous!


China-Xian-Muslim Quarter-Chilli - Another large chilli shop, this one has not been on CCTV, however they do have the giant stone grinding wheel in use.

Another large chilli shop, this one has not been on CCTV, however they do have the giant stone grinding wheel in use.


China-Xian-Muslim Quarter-Chilli - Most of the streets have a variation of this bright red lantern thing hanging from the trees, I like it.

Most of the streets have a variation of this bright red lantern thing hanging from the trees, I like it.


China-Xian-Muslim Quarter-Chilli - Just another gate with cool lighting.

Just another gate with cool lighting.


China-Xian-Muslim Quarter-Chilli - This is the entrance to a KTV, going in is probably ok, but I believe people drink to excess in these places. How would you go coming down these steps

This is the entrance to a KTV, going in is probably ok, but I believe people drink to excess in these places. How would you go coming down these steps at 3AM blind drunk? It was flashing bright colors at epileptic speeds.


China-Xian-Muslim Quarter-Chilli - That is entirely all shopping mall. I was amazed.

That is entirely all shopping mall. I was amazed.


China-Xian-Muslim Quarter-Chilli - Nearby I saw a sign advertising backpacker hostels, and sure enough, bar street.

Nearby I saw a sign advertising backpacker hostels, and sure enough, bar street.


China-Xian-Muslim Quarter-Chilli - After all that, I chose dinner poorly, I was in a rush to get back to my hotel as I still have some research to do for tomorrow. I ended up at this Ja

After all that, I chose dinner poorly, I was in a rush to get back to my hotel as I still have some research to do for tomorrow. I ended up at this Japanese place where I ordered Gyu don (beef bowl). Instead I was given pork schnitzel bowl, with a raw egg on top. I didnt really want crumbed deep fried pork, and in China I dont really want any raw egg. It wasnt great! Not to worry, nearby was a supermarket with the fruit salad bar for second dinner.


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