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“Truly tranquil and inspiring” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Xi'an Mosque

Xi'an Mosque
Huajue Alley, Xincheng District, Xi'an 710043, China
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Ranked #14 of 318 things to do in Xi'an
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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.
Kuala Lumpur
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“Truly tranquil and inspiring”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

The Xian Grand Mosque in the Muslim Quarters is truly a gem in the city. Set in a garden style with traditional Chinese Architecture (including the rare hanging or cantilever canopy construction which is fast disappearing in China), the mosque welcomes everyone to see how Islam and Chinese traditions can exist side by side without conflict. Too often Muslims in my country decry the display of pictures of animals in Muslim homes, but here, one can see stones carved with tortoises, dragons, birds among the many archways, gates, garden furniture and steps. The Chinese Muslims who come here to pray look so friendly, always with smiles on their faces, as if to say welcome, my brother! unlike those we have back home who often give visitors the unwelcome looks. The gardens are so peaceful and tranquil. We sat on the stone steps and forgot that just outside the wall are noisy buzzing markets. A must see in Xian.

Visited September 2013
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Urumqi, China
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“Writing on the wall”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

The whole atmosphere of this place is pretty stunning. I love going into the area of prayers and seeing the carvings on the wall. Definately worth a visit if you are in the city.

Visited September 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Interesting low key site, worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

The mosque is an interesting site in the Muslim quarter. It is very hard to find, there's a short route from the start of the Muslim street through an alleyway with souvenir shops, but this route has no signage.

Entrance is 25rmb.

It seems the mosque decides to close when it gets dark. The first time we arrived at 630pm, but it was dark and already closed.

Visited October 2013
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“Unique mosque in the form of a temple”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

A great harmony of a typical Buddhist temple... and it's a mosque. Just like Istanbul, it's in the middle of the market, and you enter - there's quiet and peace. it's old, but it's continuous.

Visited October 2013
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“Would not waste my time”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

I found this place to be somewhat of a dump compared to the other sites in the City. Nothing I would waste my time on if I had it to do all over again.

Visited October 2013
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