Dongguan Mosque - the largest mosque in Qinghai Province
Located in Dongguan Street, Xining, the Dongguan Mosque is a blend of Chinese, Tibetan and Islamic styles. It was said that the Dongguan Mosque was built in the early days of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It has been damaged several times in history. The existing mosque was rebuilt in 1913, expanded in 1946, and restored in 1979.
- Chinese Name: Dongguan Qingzhen Dasi (东关清真大寺)
- Area: 1.19 x hectares
- Things to do there: Photography, Islam, Architecture
- Who visits: Photographers, Muslim, Architecture Learners
- Time required: 1 x hour
First, you will see a magnificent Islamic-style arched building – the gatehouse of the mosque. On the both sides of the gatehouse are two minarets which are typical Islamic buildings. Inside, there are several Chinese-style buildings, including the main hall. The hall is decorated with a Tibetan-style Buddhist roof, which is very unique across China. In addition, there are several steles in the Mosque to explore. Please note, visitors are not allowed to explore the worship hall while they can take photos of the hall at the hall gate. In the evening, the green light will be lit outside the mosque making the mosque beautiful.
Muslims living in the surroundings always worship at the mosque. There are five worships a day, each lasting about 15-20 minutes. On the afternoon of the Jumah (every Friday), Dongguan Mosque is not open to the public.
Best time to enjoy Dongguan Mosque
The best time to visit Dongguan Mosque is at any time during the opening hours.
The best months to visit are from April to October.
How to get to Dongguan Mosque
There are several buses passing by Dongguan Mosque. Therefore, there are several options.
- Rent a vehicle to the mosque. This is the quickest and most direct option.
- Take Bus 1, 2, 10, 17, 23, 25, 26, 33, 81, 83, 101, and Bus 102 to the Stop of Beixiao Jiekou (北小街口站). Then, walk along the Dongguan Street for 150 meters.
Additional Dongguan Mosque Travel Advice
- Opening hours: 08:00 – 18:00 (October – March); 08:00 – 20:00 (April – September). It is not open to the public on the afternoon of Friday.
- Admission fee: free
- Respect the religious etiquette of Islam.
- Please keep quiet during the worship, and do not stand in the crowd or in front of the crowd.
- Please do not wear shorts or short skirt at the mosque.
- Please tie up your hair before entering the mosque.