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Xining Dongguan Mosque

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Introduction to Dongguan Mosque (东关清真寺)

Donguan Mosque is located in Xining, the capital city of Xinjiang Autonomous Region. The building exhibits a complex traditional Chinese palace-style buildings in the mosque. The gate of the mosque is actually a decorated archway with the name of the mosque on it. One pavilion-like building of about 8 meters high stands on each side of the courtyard, and is designed for the imam to call the prayers to worship. The main worship hall faces the east, therefore the prayers can pray facing the holy city of Mecca. 

Dongguan Mosque is built on a grand scale. Its style combines both Chinese traditional architectural art and Islamic architectural features. When traveling to the Mosque, the first thing you can see is the elegant arched door on which is written 'Dongguan Mosque'. On either side of the front door stands the Xuanli Lou (Xuanli Pavilion). The Xuanli Lou is special as the place where the Imams invite people to pray. It is 8 meters (some 26 feet) high, and consists of three floors which are hexagonal in shape.

Its wall is made of great cyan stones, and its roof is decorated with colored glaze. The ridge of the hall is decorated with Tibetan style Aquarius. The majestic and hushful main worship hall resembles a palace of the Han nationality There are two-storeyed ambulatory-like wing halls on both sides of the main worship hall. A water hall is built in the mosque for prayers to wash their hands and feet before they enter the worship hall.

The Mosque is not only famous for its magnificent architecture but also as a religious education center and as the highest learning institution of Islam.

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Dongguan Main Street, Chengdong District, Xining

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Main Sights

Dongguan Mosque Prayer Hall

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Travel Information

Admission: CNY5 (Free for the elder and Muslims)

Opening Hours: 8:00AM-12:00PM & 2:00PM-5:00PM

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By bus: from Xining Railway Station, take No. 22, 17, 40, 5, 1, and get off at Bei Xiao Jie Kou.

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Travel Tips 

1. Recommended length of visit: 2 hours

2. Best time to visit: June to August

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