That Huaisheng Mosque in Guangzhou, being located at No. 56, Guangta Road, is one of the oldest mosques in China is not surprising, given that Guangzhou was where Islam was introduced to China in the 7th Century. It is established for remembering the prophet of Islam, Mohammed. So its name, Huaisheng, means 'remember the sage'. It is one of the four most well-known mosques in China, the other three being Yangzhou Crane Mosque, Quanzhou Kylin Mosque and Hangzhou Phoenix Mosque. Thus it is an excellent place to visit if you want to learn about Islamic culture in China.
Built in 627, during the Tang Dynasty (618-907), it covers an area of more than 2,966 square meters (3,547 square yards) and features six important buildings, the Imam Hall, the Wangyue Attic, the Covered Corridor, the Storehouse of Islamic Scripture, the Stone Steles Pavilion and the Light Tower.
It is also named Light Tower Mosque. The Light Tower is a minaret, which used to serve as a beacon for boats on the Zhujiang River. In addition, sailors often climb up to the minaret to observe the weather conditions. Although the mosque presents a typical architectural style of the Tang Dynasty, the Light Tower seems to develop a new school of its own, which is deeply influenced by Arabic architectural flavor, an attractive feature of the mosque.
Today, it still plays a very important role in Muslim life in Guanzhou, welcoming Muslims from all over the world, including many of the businessmen who attend the Chinese Export Commodities Fair - Canton Fair, to worship.
|Admission:||only open to the Muslim people and tour groups|
|Opening Hours:||08:30 - 17:00|
|Recommended Time for a Visit:||Half an hour|
|Bus Route:||Take Guangzhou Subway Line 1 to Ximenkou Station. Get out from Exit B and then walk about 500 meters to reach it. |
Take bus 56, 58 at Guangta Road Bus Station.
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