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“Not your average Mosque” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Xi'an Mosque

Xi'an Mosque
Huajue Alley, Xincheng District, Xi'an 710043, China
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Ranked #10 of 240 Attractions in Xi'an
4.0 of 5 stars 572 Reviews
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: Dating back to the Ming period, this mosque features inner courtyards that bear more of a resemblance to a Chinese temple.
Brisbane, Australia
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“Not your average Mosque”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I wasn't really interested. I've seen a few Mosques and I'm not Muslim, but my city tour guide insisted. I was glad I went. The Mosque was built during the Ming Dynasty (I think) and is in Chinese style - very different. The area around the Mosque is the key city tourist area, with street food and markets.

Visited August 2013
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“Doesnt look like your typical Muslim mosque”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

One of the most beautiful mosque that I have ever seen. The architecture wasn't at all Muslim , infact it was a very beautiful 600 years old Chinese courtyard made into a lovely Mosque. Beautiful place to visit and to understand how the Muslim heritage made its ways up to China.

Visited August 2013
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“Chinese Architecture Adapted to Islam”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Though it is also called the Grand Mosque (the main prayer hall), it includes a series of single-story Chinese temple buildings of various sizes set in formal courtyard gardens and side buildings, some with exhibits. It pleasantly contrasts with the usual image of a mosque as a huge single building with a vast open space for prayer.

The entrance is reached along a narrow laneway lined with sellers of souveniers and other items, or along other side laneways. The ticket seller is at the lefthand side of the entrance before you go in.

Visited July 2013
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“Historic and peaceful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

This was a happy surprise for our family and it was one of the more interesting sites we saw in Xi'an. The mosque is a series of courtyards and it seems like everywhere you look, there is something interesting to see. It is not fancy or glitzy but is still a beautiful site that has maintained an authentic presence. It is also quite peaceful. To get to the mosque, you have to walk through an alley filled with vendors selling knock-off goods but even the goods are interesting to look at. Depending which way you enter the alley, you will see street vendors selling street food to the locals. This was also quite fascinating. See beef stock being boiled in large metal pots in open air or Quail eggs being BBQ'd. If you smell something unpleasant it might be the stinky tofu. We enjoyed this entire afternoon spent in the mosque and the walk through the alleys.

Visited August 2013
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“Interesting blend”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

It took me three visits to Muslim Quarter to find this mosque, because the signage was not very clearly placed. I only found it at the end after I asked one of the street vendor in the muslim quarter. You need to go through a narrow alleyway filled plenty of shops to reach here (makes it very obvious right? not.)

The mosque itself is very interesting blend of chinese and arabic architecture. It has a great garden area to stroll in. It is still an active place of worship hence you must be respectful and not make too much noise here. When i went, there wasn't many visitors at all, which made it even better

Visited November 2012
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