Last week was the Lunar New Year, so I had a whole week off work and took some time to go to Xi'an 西安, in Shaanxi 陕西 province. Xi'an was the capital of the Chinese Empire for 11 dynasties, so it is a historically important place.
One of the city's most well known places is the famous Muslim Quarter. Xi'an was the first city in China to be introduced to Islam in the year 651, during the Tang Dynasty. Most Muslims in this area belong to the Hui ethnic minority. Today the city has around 50 thousand followers of this religion.