Xining Dongguan Mosque
Xining Dongguan Mosque
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Brad J
Xining, China21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Friends
I tell everyone I know that if you are going to travel to or even just pass through Xining, you are doing yourself a major disservice if you are not there on a Friday. Look up "Xining, Qinghai prayer times" online and plan to simply show up in the area around the mosque at least an hour before the Friday afternoon time. Trust me.

All of the other mosques in the city are closed for this the most important prayer service of the week. As such, thousands of the city's Muslims flock to the Dongguan area starting in the late morning. There is nothing like witnessing the sea of white skullcaps with family and friends exchanging warm greetings, eating, shopping in the market behind the Mosque, and eventually gathering in and spilling out around the Mosque for prayer. The crowds get pretty hectic and the crowd control monitors on hand will eventually ask you to cross the main street and watch from the other side during the actual worship services so once it starts getting really packed you might as well head across the way on your own and stake out a good spot.

Obviously, during this time you won't be able to enter the actual mosque unless you are a Muslim male participating in the prayer. Pictures are allowed but I personally have always felt it's much more appropriate and meaningful to just put down your camera and observe. You can take in so much more that way.

At other hours of the day you may enter and walk about the grounds. I've walked in without anyone asking for an entrance fee but others have told me they had to pay to get in. It is respectful to at least wear a long shirt and pants when entering the courtyard, and non-muslims are not permitted to enter the actual prayer hall. If you speak a little Chinese, take the time to chat with the people you see there. They are always friendly and happy to answer any questions.
Written 20 December 2015
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Billy_Whimwa
408 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Solo
Take a walk around the streets surrounding the Mosque for enjoying. The building itself is large an was huge back in the old days but not so much by modern standards.

It’s certainly an impressive structure with your time to visit. Recommend reading about the history to appreciate what seeing.
Written 16 May 2018
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DevMehra1988
Baoji, China755 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Friends
The mosque is quite big inside. We just walked around inside. They have some rules to visit the mosque according to their religion please read it outside of the mosque there’s a notice board.
Written 11 February 2019
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livresse
SIngapore74 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016
Come by during the prayer sessions- as long as you stay behind the main prayer assembly area they let you watch the proceedings.
Written 10 June 2016
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TibetanConnections
Xining, China46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Business
This is one of the oldest mosques in west part of China. located central of city. great places to see. The main mosque has very unique architecture combine with traditional Hen and slightly with Tibetan style. It dose not exposes very much Islamic style. near the mosque, there are a couple nice streets with local food and especially testy local Hui food. i highly recommend to some their BBQ (Yang Rou Chuan). if you are vegetarian, try roasted potatoes, local white bread.
Written 29 August 2014
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VTK
Zhongshan District, Taipei42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We arrived at the Grand Mosque in Xining around noon time when the Muslim second daily prayer was about to finish. We had to pay an entrace fee of RMB30 per visitor. We were given a guided tour by the Mosque's Akhund (Islamic priest).

The Xining Grand Mosque was first established in Soong Dynasty, about 1,000 years ago. The current Chinese temple-style, wooden structure was built in 1914, exactly 100 years ago.The Mosque has four minarets, pyayer calling towers. Two smaller ones were original with the 100-year Mosque, whike the two taller ones were gifts from the rich Arab oil states. In terms of the number of people gathered for public worship, the Xining Grand Mosque is the largest in China.

At the end of our tour, quite unexpectedly, our respected Akhund tour guide showed us some supposedly Iran-imported silk prayer carpets with "very friendly" prices. We got into quite irreligious price negotiations with the Akhund, and ended up with two supposedly Persian silk carpets in our luggage.
Written 14 May 2014
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ssz121
Shanghai, China29 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
Arrived during its opening hours. Totally closed. No help on when it would open. No answer from their tourist helpline phone number.
Outside looks okay.
Written 3 August 2020
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inkworksak
32 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We were staying in Xining before taking the Sky Train to Lhasa so we stopped in here. It was interesting but not overwhelming.
Written 30 October 2019
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Vicky310
Brussels, Belgium19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
Disappointed not to be able to go in. What we could see looked very interesting . Mosque offers cloaks for women on entry when open
Written 20 July 2019
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Jonathan K
Princeton, NJ619 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
The exterior is impressive, but that's about it. It was interesting to take a stroll through the Muslim quarter, but the mosque itself was underwhelming.
Written 29 May 2019
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