Friday, July 13, 2012

Meat In The Muslim Quarter

The Muslim Quarter in Beijing is not, like its counterpart in Xi'an, a tourist attraction. Rather, it is the heart of Muslim life in the city, with Beijing's largest mosque (which, as you can see in an accompanying photograph, has decided Chinese characteristics), as well as dedicated schools for children of the Hui minority (a large, predominantly Muslim population from western China with a significant Beijing presence).

The Muslim Quarter also serves as a distribution point for meats heading to households and restaurants. We enjoyed walking through a meat market, and stopping to watch as what we believe are lamb carcasses were being offloaded from a truck onto three-wheeled bicycles.

By the way, that's a huge scale in the background of the top picture, used to measure the amount of lamb being pedaled away...



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