Beiyuanmen Street should be on your to-do list while visiting Xi'an-especially all of you foodies! I would recommend that you enter Beiyuanmen from the north and as you head south, take the first pedestrian street on your right shortly after the police station. Here you will encounter a lively and vibrant side-street where authentic and traditional foods are freshly prepared in front of your eyes: spicy tofu stacked neatly on a flat-top; men wielding large wooden mallets as they malleate heated sugar and nuts creating a large flat square of a kind of peanut brittle, ready to be cut and served while still warm; fresh dough shaped by hand into various sizes and types of noodles only to be boiled immediately and served hot in bowls with various other spices, meats and vegetables; walnuts being slow cooked with salt, and then meticulously cracked open with a hammer; a variety of skewered meat grilled over hot coals and attended by grill masters as they ensure perfection while plying their trade. The sounds, smells and site of Beiyuanmen Street will etch memories of an exotic experience in Xi'an that will be hard to forget. As a bonus Beiyuanmen Street will put you in the vicinity of two other historical landmarks, the Great Mosque and Drum & Bell Towers. Enjoy.
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