Royal Feasting in Xian, China


If ever in China and you have not visited the age old ancient city of Xian, then my friend you just lost a great opportunity of feasting. Xian offers you the sole chance of feast, for the eyes and the palate.

This Chinese city on the Muslim street stands a bronze montage in the honour of street food. This crowded lane is famous for its Islamic Chinese food stalls. They offer you lamb dumplings, mutton soups, pancakes, mung bean noodles and much more. You can also pose with soup sellers statues and have picture perfect moments. Xian is the only place in whole wide China that offers its visitors the two tourist drawing cards: the gigantic human models and tasty dumplings.

The crowd puller of this area is the site housing 8,000 buried terra cotta warriors, tall standing statue of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of unified China. Famous for its variety of dumplings, like steamed or fried and the Chinese history, you have to spend more than a day in Xian. A feast for the eyes is splendid tomb of Chinese Islam and the Buddhist pagoda.

Take the soft sleeper train from Beijing to Xian. The train is good for its comfortable and cosy compartments. They serve hot tea and good food. Once in Xian, near the Muslim quarter you can see the 14 century towers, the Bell Tower and Drum Tower. However, they both are soaked in gibbet. A little further is the Muslim street, formally known as Beiyuanmen Street. Here you will witness the street full of street vendors with steamers full of dumplings, flatbreads and barbeque grills on which lies marinated grated lamb or chicken. However, one must try the delicious Xian dish, Paomo. It is a flatbread which is shredded into a rich mutton soup.

Right off the Muslim street lies the palace of Ming dynasty. The eastern end of old Silk Road has been of equal importance to both, the Muslims and Buddhist. Here you will find the Great Mosque of Xian. The mosque is rebuilt with Chinese architectural styles. The Museum of Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses is a series of buildings and significant airplane hangars that runs over the three main trenches where the warriors were discovered. Trench one contains the clay warriors lined up in a row while trench two contains groups of small chariots and horses. The last trench is a place where you get the opportunity to get an up close view of the warriors in glass case.

To end the trip, hail a cab to Big Wild Goose Pagoda which is one of the oldest Buddhist temples. Return home peacefully after this amazing tour through the oldest city of China, Xian.