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Xi'an Mosque, Xi'an

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A fusion of both Islamic and Chinese architectural elements, Xi'an Mosque represents one of the most famous Muslim sites in the country. Founded in 742 CE by traveling Arab and Persian traders, the mosque has long served as a hub of worship in the region. Wander the extensive grounds, split into four distinct courtyards, to enjoy the manicured gardens and lush surroundings. As you approach the main building, you'll find an array of calligraphy engravings and brightly-colored awning decorations in hues of red and green. Note that although the mosque features the usual minaret, its tiled rooftops recall the classical Chinese style with their signature upward-curving corners. Keep in mind that the prayer hall does not open to visitors. Arrange your visit to Xi'an Mosque and discover more family-friendly attractions in Xi'an using our Xi'an vacation planner.
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As in most Chinese cities, the least expensive places to stay in Xi'an concentrate around the main train station. To stay in a quieter and safer area, look for rooms in or near the city center, where you can choose between mid-range hotels and affordable youth hostels catering to backpackers and other travelers on a budget. Tourists with bargaining experience can usually get deeply discounted rooms through agents working the shuttle bus station at the airport. If you'd rather avoid dealing with touts, book your accommodations ahead.
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  • the gardens leading up to the mosque were quiet and peaceful (even with tourists) the architecture is interesting although I'm not sure why you can't actually enter the mosque - I've visited many mosq...  more »
  • First day when looking for it I couldn't find it, next day I just stumbled across it, it's well hidden. When entering the courtyard there are some stones, and old buildings. It was not peaceful since ...  more »
  • It's actually inside the Muslim Quarter but kind of hide behind the back. Quiet stroll through souvenir stalls where you can do some peaceful shopping. A Chinese style mosque, nice and quiet! There's ...  more »
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  • This is the oldest mosque in the Silk Route (we were informed) and you can see the Quranic verses written on the inner walls of the mosque.
  • Amazing blend of local and Arab styles. Magnificent complex. Inspiring community.
  • One of the oldest mosque in xian. Right in the middle of the pedestrian area. Old architecture provides a sense of nostalgia how long the mosque has been in the Xian area.
  • One of the most well preserved historical sites in China. Most buildings are more than a hundred years old. You can see authentic Chinese architecture and Hui culture. No smoking and few tourists in most of the most populated areas of Xian. Real enjoyed it.
  • Very good mousqe china