Daowai Mosque - the largest Islamic mosque in Heilongjiang
Last Update: 9th October 2020
Covering an area of 1.6 hectares, Daowai Mosque was originally built in 1897 and rebuilt in 1935. It features the Arabian style. Tops of domes are decorated with a crescent. The facade is painted white-and-sapphire, which is a feast for eyes.
Daowai Mosque Fast Facts
- Chinese Name: Daowai Qingzhensi (道外清真寺)
- Area: 1.6 x hectares
- Things to do there: Photography, Architecture, History and Culture
- Who visits: Photographers, Architects, History and Culture Lovers, Muslims
- Time required: 1 x hour
What to expect at the Daowai Mosque
With an area of 426 square meters, the main hall of Daowai Mosque is 13 meters tall and it can accommodate 500 – 600 persons. Look up and you’ll see the beautiful and golden Arabic characters above the head. Glass doors are decorated with green frames and golden patterns on either side. There are 2 Minbaers in the hall.
The back halls have 21.75-meters-tall steeples. On the eve of Id al Fitr and during the Ramadan, the steeples are opened to Muslims to look up to the crescents on the top from the spiral stairs.
The facilities and minarets of the mosque are designed according to the minarets of the birthplace of Islam and the Medina of Saudi Arabia. The two minarets are 50 meters high. They are 5-storey structures. In the day, the white towers stand out in the sun while at night, the towers with the light are integrated into one body.
Near the mosque are many Islamic restaurants where you can try delicious Islamic cuisine.
Best time to visit the Daowai Mosque
Non-Muslims are not permitted to enter the mosque. Therefore, tourists can just explore the building from the outside. The best time to visit from the outside is in the morning.
The best months to visit are from December to February and from May to July.
How to get to Daowai Mosque
A few buses pass by the mosque. Thus, there are just a few options.
- Rent a vehicle to the mosque. This is the quickest and most direct option.
- Take Bus 7, 28, 64, 76, or Bus 202 to the Stop of Makewei (玛克威站). Then walk to the mosque.
Additional Daowai Mosque Travel Advice
- The mosque is not opened to the Non-Muslims.