On Muslim Street. Xi’an was the starting point of the ancient Silk Road. A number of merchants and overseas students from the Arabian penisula and Persia came to Xi’an for business and studying since the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-9 AD); they settled down on the present Muslim Street, and they were called the Hui people by the locals. One generation after another, the descendants of the Hui ethnic people multiplied and lived on the street. The number has now reached over 60,000.
From Xi'an 2014