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Beijing Niujie Mosque, Beijing

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The Niujie Mosque is the oldest mosque in Beijing, China. It was first built in 996 during the Liao Dynasty and was reconstructed as well as enlarged under the Kangxi Emperor (r. 1661-1722) of the Qing Dynasty.The Mosque is located in the Niujie area of Beijing's Xicheng District, the spiritual centre for the 10,000 Muslims living in the vicinity and it is the biggest and oldest one in Beijing. It was within the Xuanwu District before it merged into Xicheng in 2010. Niujie in Xicheng District, where the mosque is located, is the largest area inhabited by Muslims in Beijing.The Niujie Mosque covers an area of approximately 10,000 square meters. The mosque reflects a mixture of Islamic and Han Chinese cultural and architectural influences. From the outside, its architecture shows traditional Chinese influence and the inside has blend of Islamic calligraphy and Chinese design. The main prayer hall is 600 square meters in area, and can hold more than 1,000 worshipers, while non-believers cannot enter it. The mosque, built out of timber, is home to some important cultural relics and tablets such as the upright tablet of an emperor's decree proclaimed in 1694 during the Qing Dynasty.HistoryThe Niujie Mosque, the largest of all the mosques in Beijing, was first built in 996 during the Liao Dynasty (916-1125). The local Muslim community constructed the mosque using traditional Chinese architecture, with the exception that it displays Arabic calligraphy in the interior. It was originally designed by Nazaruddin, the son of an imam. After it was destroyed by armies of Genghis Khan in 1215, the Mosque was rebuilt in 1443 in the Ming Dynasty.
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  • The entrance to the mosque of the street of the ox (Niujie Qingzhen Si) costs CNY 10 (for Muslims is free), but not worth much enter. It was built in the year 966. It has the characteristics of any Mosque but with a completely Chinese construction.
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  • This old mosque can be reached by stopping at Guang'anmen Inner station, walk straight on Guang'anmen Inner Street toward Nujie Street and turn right. Walk straigh for about 300 metres, the mosque wil...  more »
  • The site is quite nice but this close of a Chinese temple classical architecture. Despite the low price of 10 Yuan and a smiling welcome he has very little to do.
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  • It is the oldest masjid in China, first built in 996AD. Now it is almost 1020 years old. Prophet Muhammad SAW hijrah to Madinah is already 1437 years this year. Therefore, Niujie mosque can be safely said to be built 417 years after hijrah. Wallahu'aklam.
  • It's a 800 m walk (10 min) from exit C of the Guang'anmennei metro station on line 7. This is an active Muslim mosque and you'll see worshipers praying and strolling the grounds. There is a gate fee of 10 RMB. There are English signs and a map to indicate the landmarks. Buildings have a blend of Islamic calligraphy and Chinese design.
  • Historic place for Muslim!
  • A beautiful mosque near a supermarket selling halal goods.
  • I like it