More than 13 million Muslims live across China, identifying themselves ethnically as Hui, Salar or Dongxiang. All trace their roots back to Central Asia, and all have intermarried with each other as well as Han, Mongols or Tibetan peoples over the centuries. Today, the majority have their homeland in Northwest China, stretching from Ningxia, and Gansu over toQinghai province. However, Hui families are scattered all over China in every province and are even found in several other countries.
Missionaries have planted their lives among Chinese Muslims since the 1800s to proclaim the gospel, yet today there are still only about 1,000 followers of Jesus.
The Hui are some of the most hospitable people you will ever meet. Some of this comes from just being Chinese, and the rest of it comes from just being Hui. Either way – you never want to visit the Hui on a full stomach! Many of the Hui own restaurants. You can find them in cities all over China and they serve some of the best food you will ever eat. As you walk down the street, you can often recognize the men by their prayer caps and the women by their head scarves. Hui with other Hui are like family. Even if they are strangers, you would never know.