Hua Jue Xiang, Huajue Lane at Xian Muslim Quarter

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Plan your Xian Tour? Huajue Xiang 化觉巷 (Huajue Lane or Huajue Alley) must be on your visiting Xian list. Huajue Lane is located to the northwest of Drum Tower 鼓楼(Gu Lou) of Xian. Huajue Lane is an important part of the famous Xian Muslim Quarter 回坊(Hui Fang).

The famous Xian Muslim Quarter is located just behind (northwest of) the Drum Tower in Xian. You will find a tablet inscribed with the names of the main alleys in the Muslim Quarters (Hui Fang) including Huajue Lane, Bei Yuan Men, Xi Yang Shi and She Hui Lu (She Hui Road).

Huajue Xiang, the over one thousand years old lane is not a straight alley, first running from east to west, then turning north. Most part of the lane is occupied by stalls selling a wide varity of tourist stuff, cheap and unique seldon seen elsewhere.

Actually Huajue Alley has become an interesting free market in Xian, a must to visit place for the first time Xian visitors.

The tablet inscribed with the names of the main alleys in the Muslim Quarters.

The tablet inscribed with the names of the main alleys in the Muslim Quarters

Follow me to enter Huajue Xiang (Huajue Alley). The starting point is a traditionally Chinese archway elegantly decorated with three big Chinese characters “化觉巷”.

The starting point is a traditionally Chinese archway elegantly decorated

So part of the ancient Huajue Lane is used as a huge free market selling everything ranging from clothes, bags…, to antiques in Xian.

 

So part of the ancient Huajue Lane is occupied as a huge free market selling everything ranging from clothes, bags, antiques in Xian.

People are just amazed by the rich variety of things in the market.

 

People are just amazed by the rich varity of things in the market.

Choosing some “junk” as souvenirs bringing home for relatives and friends.Huajue Xiang 化觉巷 is not only famous for its all inclusive free market, but it is also the place where the Great Mosque is located. The Great Mosque of Xian is the biggest and most preserved complete Chinese existent mosque.

First built at the Tianbao first year (742 years) during Tang Dynasty, it was rebuilt by Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties, hence the present scale.

The entrance to the Great Mosque.

The entrance to the Great Mosque

A Chinese style memorial arch

 

A Chinese style memorial arch

 

Phenix Pavilion

Phenix Pavilion

The main Prayer Hall

The main Prayer Hall

How to get to Huajue Lane (Xian Muslim Quarter)
Bus Routes: 4, 7, 32, 201, 215, 222, 251, 252 or Tourism Bus No. 8 and get off at Bell Tower Station (钟楼). Then walk to the Drum Tower (鼓楼) and find entrance to the Huajue Lane to the northwest of the Drum Tower.

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