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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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  • August 17, 2017
    I have seen around 30 temples now and I thought this one might be different (architectural). I went in, took me 5 minutes and I was out again. Cost 25 rmb, so didn't really matter,but I don't see the ...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    The mosque is situated in the narrow streets of the Muslim Quarter and is surrounded by a small lobby. Maintained very well and truly stunning. If you are women, just to get into the lobby you have to cover your arms and legs but even though it's August, it's worth it!
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  • August 15, 2017
    If you are in Xi'an you really must check this out. Located just off the Muslim street. It's an ancient mosque that's still active. It's in very good condition. Beautiful architecture. I went around 5...  more »
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  • July 14, 2017
    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.
  • June 9, 2017
    Amazing blend of local and Arab styles. Magnificent complex. Inspiring community.
  • March 23, 2017
    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.
  • August 13, 2016
    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.
  • June 7, 2017
    Very good mousqe china

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