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Huaisheng Mosque, Guangzhou

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The Huaisheng Mosque, also known as the Lighthouse Mosque and the Great Mosque of Canton, is the main mosque of Guangzhou. Rebuilt many times over its history, it is traditionally thought to have been originally built over 1,300 years ago, which would make it one of the oldest mosques in the world.In China, the most unusual feature of the mosque is its pointed 36m minaret, the Guangta or Kwangtah. Although this meant the "Plain Pagoda" in reference to its unadorned surface, it is also sometimes taken to mean "lighthouse" and gave the mosque its alternate name. Somewhat similar "minimalist" minarets can be seen outside of China, e.g. at the Khan's Mosque in Kasimov, Russia. The mosque was visited by Tim Severin's crew of the Sohar, that sailed into Canton from Muscat in July, 1981.HistoryOld Chinese Muslim manuscripts state that the mosque was built in 627 by Sa`d ibn Abi Waqqas who supposedly came on his first Muslim mission to China in the 620s. Although modern secular scholars don't find any historical evidence that Sa`d ibn Abi Waqqas actually visited China, they agree that the first Muslims must have arrived to China within the 7th century, and that the major trade centers, such as Guangzhou, Quanzhou, and Yangzhou probably already had their first mosques built during the Tang Dynasty, even though no reliable sources attesting to their actual existence has been found so far.
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  • If you're a Guangzhou, you must visit this beautiful Masjid. Peaceful & very well maintained. You find many Muslims from different nations visiting and coming for prayers.  more »
  • I was a bit surprised here because usually at mosques there is a friendly doorman/guard, caretaker or imam who chats with you, but here, the worker was kind of surly and just grunted at me when I aske...  more »
  • The temple is located on the Light Tower Road, about 3-5 minutes from the railroad station. This is a very special building, is a mosque, in Canton is very small, the outside is very special, the flow of people are almost worth to see.
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