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Hui Minority

Staying near the Muslim Area in Xi’an I have really gained a new perspective of China. The streets filled with small restaurants selling Chinese cuisine using Middle Eastern ingredients and shops selling Middle Eastern spices, the mosques constructed in Chinese architectural style yet still featuring Islamic characteristics and the Arab calligraphy styled to match Chinese characters tell the story of the Muslim community in China and their search for an identity that fits their beliefs as well as the culture that surrounds them. In these past few days we have experienced the cultural blend that makes the Hui, the Muslim Chinese so unique and special.

Tomorrow we will be starting a new stage of our trip and although I have found Xi’an to be an intriguing city I still have a lot to learn about, I am very excited to continue learning about China as a multicultural country and exploring the paths of the minorities that I rarely hear about at home.