List of mosques in China

This is a list of notable mosques in China. A mosque is a place of worship for followers of the religion of Islam. The first mosque in China was the Huaisheng Mosque in Guangzhou, built during the Tang Dynasty in 627 CE. In of 2014 there were 39,135 mosques in China,[1][2] 25,000 of these are in Xinjiang, a north-west autonomous region, having a high density of one mosque per 500 muslims.[3]

In China, mosques are called Qīng Zhēn Sì (清真寺, "Pure truth temple"), a name which was also used by Chinese Jews for synagogues. Other names include Huí Huí Táng (回回堂, "Hui people's hall"), Huí Huí Sì (回回寺, "Hui people's temple"), Lǐ Bài Sì (礼拜寺, "Temple of worship"), Zhēn Jiào Sì (真教寺, "True teaching temple") or Qīng Jìng Sì (清净寺, "Pure and clean temple").[4][5]

During the Qing Dynasty, at the Mosque entrance of Hui Mosques, a tablet was placed upon which "Huáng Dì Wàn Suì, Wàn Suì, Wàn Wàn Suì" (皇帝萬歲,萬歲,萬萬歲) was inscribed, which means, "The Emperor, may he live forever". Wansui means Ten thousand years, which means forever in Chinese.[6] Westerners traveling in China noted the presence of these tablets at mosques in Yunnan and Ningbo.[7][8][9]

Most mosques have certain aspects in common with each other however as with other regions Chinese Islamic architecture reflects the local architecture in its style. China is renowned for its beautiful mosques, which resemble temples. However, in western China the mosques resemble those of Iran and Central Asia, with tall, slender minarets, curvy arches and dome shaped roofs, as well as the unique multi-layered portals. In northwest China where the Chinese Hui have built their mosques, there is a combination of eastern and western styles. The mosques have flared Buddhist style roofs set in walled courtyards entered through archways with miniature domes and minarets.[10]

The style of architecture of Hui Mosques varies according to their sect. The traditionalist Gedimu Hanafi Sunnis, influenced by Chinese culture, build Mosques which look like Chinese temples. The reformist modernist (but originally Wahhabi inspired) Yihewani build their Mosques to look like Arab style Mosques. As the reformists become more influential in China, some mosques in Chinese Islamic style are reconstructed into Arab style, e.g. Weizhou Grand Mosque. It caused the dissatisfaction of Chinese government, and eventually led to a counteraction of re-sinification of mosque architectures in China.

List of mosquesEdit

Name Images City or District Province or Municipality Year Remarks
Niujie Mosque   Xicheng Beijing 996 [11]
Hangzhou New Grand Mosque Hangzhou Zhejiang 2020
Qingjing Mosque   Quanzhou Fujian 1009 Qīng Jìng Sì
Dunhuang Mosque   Dunhuang Gansu 1917 Dūn Huáng Qīng Zhēn Sì
Huasi Mosque   Linxia Gansu 1487 Huá Sì Qīng Zhēn Sì
Huaisheng Mosque   Guangzhou Guangdong 627 [12]
Nanning Mosque   Nanning Guangxi 1707 Nán Níng Qīng Zhēn Sì
Daowai Mosque   Daowai Harbin 1897 Dào Wài Qīng Zhēn Sì
Bukui Mosque   Qiqihar Heilongjiang 1684 Bo Kuí Qīng Zhēn Sì
List of mosques in Hong Kong Hong Kong
Great Mosque of Hohhot   Hohhot Inner Mongolia 1693 Hū Hé Hào Tè Qīng Zhēn Dà Sì
Macau Mosque   Our Lady of Fatima Parish Macau
Tongxin Great Mosque   Tongxin Ningxia ca.1400 Tóng Xīn Qīng Zhēn Dà Sì
Dongguan Mosque   Xining Qinghai 1380 [13]
Jiezi mosque[14] Xunhua Salar Qinghai ? ?
Great Mosque of Xi'an   Xi'an Shaanxi 742 [15]
Jinan Great Southern Mosque   Jinan Shandong 1295 Jì Nán Qīng Zhēn Nán Dà Sì
Fuyou Road Mosque   Huangpu Shanghai 1870 Fú Yòu Lù Qīng Zhēn Sì
Xiaotaoyuan Mosque   Huangpu Shanghai 1917 Xiǎo Táo Yuán Qīng Zhēn Sì
Lhasa Great Mosque   Lhasa Tibet 1716 Lā Sà Qīng Zhēn Dà Sì
Afaq Khoja Mausoleum   Haohan Xinjiang 1640 Ā Bā Hé Jiā Má Zhá
Khotan Mosque   Hotan Xinjiang 1870 Hé Tián Qīng Zhēn Sì
Id Kah Mosque   Kashgar Xinjiang 1442 [16]
Najiaying Mosque   Yuxi Yunnan 1370 Nà Jiā Yíng Qīng Zhēn Sì

See alsoEdit


  •   This article incorporates text from The Chinese repository, Volume 13, a publication from 1844, now in the public domain in the United States.
  •   This article incorporates text from The Chinese repository, Volumes 11-15, a publication from 1842, now in the public domain in the United States.
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