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 Muslim Quarter Sights & Bites, Xian tour

Muslim Quarter Sights & Bites

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Eat your way through the food-filled streets of Xi’an’s Muslim Quarter for a peek into local life by way of your stomach. Get a crash course in traditional Xi’an specialties from the stalls that locals know best. Cap off your food-filled evening with drinks along Xi’an’s famous Defuxiang bar street near the city wall.

  • Explore the sights and sounds of the winding maze of stalls in Xi’an’s bustling Muslim Quarter
  • Snack side-by-side with locals at street food stalls selling some of the city’s most sought-after culinary specialties
  • Visit Gau’s Grand Courtyard, a 400-year-old traditional Chinese dwelling in the Muslim Quarter
  • Get a feel for local nightlife as you bar-hop your way along Xi’an’s busy Defuxiang bar street

Tour style:Neighbourhood tour; Food tour
Inclusions:Local English-speaking guide, 5 traditional snacks (local barbecue, soup pau, rice noodles, fried pancake, and a bingfeng drink) , entrance fee to Gau’s Courtyard.
Exclusions:Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide.
Group size:Maximum 12
Schedule details:
  • Duration:3 hours
  • Meeting point:

    In the lobby of the Bell Tower hotel, No. 110 on South Street, Xi’an.

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  • Start time: 5.00 PM
  • Finish point:

    South Gate of City Wall.

Additional information :
  • Voucher exchange details:Please present this voucher to your guide at the beginning of your tour. Save this email on your phone or tablet, or print a copy, as you will need to show this to join the trip.
  • Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
  • Dress standard: Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes for walking.
  • Child policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.
  • Language: English

Also runs from:1 Jan 2021 to 31 Dec 2021


Hungry? We hope so! Immerse yourself in the culture, history and, most importantly, the food of Xi’an on this tour that puts diving into local street snacks front and centre. But not just any street snacks. You’ll be getting a firsthand look (and taste) of what locals love, and the stalls you’ll be stopping at aren’t likely be found in the pages of your guidebook. What you encounter as you wind your way through the colourful back alleys of Xi’an’s food-filled Muslim Quarter will be a tasty, unique, and fun trip through foodie heaven.

You’ll work your way to (and through) the tangle of stalls cooking up some of the best street food in the city. In the process, you’ll learn about — and get to snack on — specialties from five stalls that locals love. The stalls you end up at are normally hard to find, tucked away in the backstreets of the Muslim Quarter, so you know you’ll be getting a truly local experience with every bite.

Amidst all the snacking, go back in time with a stop at Gau’s Grand Courtyard, which in the evening is decorated with traditional red Chinese lanterns. The 400-year-old mansion is a good example of architecture from both the Ming and Qing Dynasties and provides a good overview of the history of the time. The serene courtyard is somewhat hard to spot, but it’s well worth exploring and a nice break from the hustle and bustle of the busy Muslim Quarter.

Once you have your fill, it’s time for a drink (or two) near the city walls along Defuxiang bar street, which as the name suggests, is lined with bars. While not long, the street offers a peek into the local nightlife of Xi’an and you can feel free to either stay out, or make your way back to your hotel after a busy day of exploring and eating. 

Your trip:

For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.


If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides a tip — though not compulsory — is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.