On our last full day in China, we decided to go for a long walk through Xi’an. We started by walking from our hotel to the subway line and taking it to the bell tour in the near-center of the city.
While here, we discovered the “Muslim Quarter” of the city. Western China, and Xi’an in particular, has historically been home to a large number of Muslim minority groups.
This neighborhood of Xi’an houses a number of mosques and restaurants serving halal foods. In a country where such a large portion of the population follows a uniform set of customs and tradition, it was refreshing to see a group practicing customs different from that of the Han Chinese population.
After wandering the market streets in the Muslim quarter, we walked through a number of alleyways along the city wall before stopping for a beer at a bar/brewery appropriately named the “Near Wall Bar”.
We met the newlyweds for dinner one last time before heading to the Xi’an airport. Our flight back to Seattle (by way of Beijing) wasn’t until the following morning, but we’d booked a reservation at an airport hotel so that we’d be able to make our early-morning flight back to Seattle.