As the starting point of the Silk Road, Xi'an has exposed its culture to several outside influences, primarily Muslim. As such, it is known for its cuisine, including rou jia mo, a beef sandwich. Xi'an is also the location of the Hi-Tech Industries Development Zone, which is almost entirely owned by the Templar-run corporation Abstergo Industries. They are able to acquire thousands of graduates from Abstergo-funded universities in the region. By late 2015, the Assassin Kiyoshi Takakura planned to visit Xi'an in order to search for Álvaro Gramática's laboratory.