Xiguan Mosque - one of the oldest mosques in Lanzhou
Originally built by Muslim merchants in Lanzhou in the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644), the Xiguan Mosque is located in Xiguan Street. Historical history tells that the mosque was rebuilt in 1684 and was expanded between 1723 and 1735. Imposing and solemn, the mosque features a distinct Arabic Islamic style.
- Chinese Name: Xiguan Qingzhen Dasi (西关清真大寺)
- Area: 4,800 square meters
- Things to do there: Photography, Islam, Architecture
- Who visits: Photographers, Learners of Islamic Studies, Hikers
- Time required: 1 – 3 x hours
The façade features a decorative pattern of green and blue. The entire building is exquisitely designed and unique in style, which is unique in the construction of mosques in China. The main hall on the ground floor is round. The main hall is surrounded by 17-meters-tall 20 arches. The circular shape is used to show the unity of the Muslim people of all ethnic groups.
There are shops and hotels around the mosque now. On Jumah (Friday), many Muslims, including merchants and residents often do worship at the mosque. After visiting the mosque, you can enjoy the delicious local food around.
Best time to enjoy the Xiguan Mosque
The best time to visit Xiguan Mosque is in the morning. If you would like to experience the atmosphere of worshiping, it is suggested to visit on Jumah (Friday).
The best months to visit are from April to October.
How to get to the Xiguan Mosque
There are several buses passing by the Xiguan Mosque. Therefore, there are several options.
- Rent a vehicle to the mosque. This is the quickest and most direct option.
- Take Bus 302 to the Stop of Majiapo (马家坡站).
- Take Bus 1, 4, 6, 15, 18, 31, 33, 44, 50, 56 and Bus 58 to the Stop of Xiguanshizi (西关十字站).
Additional Xiguan Mosque Travel Advice
- Opening hours: 08:00 – 19:00
- As at 21st June 2019, the entrance pricing to the mosque is 10 CNY per person. For the latest pricing information, please contact us via email (email@example.com)
- Please do not wear shorts or skirt into the mosque.
- Please tie up your hair before entering the mosque.
- Please keep quiet in the mosque.
- The night views of the façade are amazing, ideal for photographing.