Id Kah Mosque

Id Kah Mosque, Kashgar
Id Kah Mosque, Kashgar
 Id Kah Mosque Pictures
'Id Kah' means 'a place of praying and celebrating in festivals'. The Id Kah Mosque is located on the central square in Kashgar City, Xinjiang Uigur Autonomous Region. As the biggest mosque in China, it is a group of old Islamic constructions with strong ethnic style and religious features.

It is said that this place was once a cemetery. The present Id Kah Mosque was built in 1442 as a very small structure. Several renovations and enlargements have created it with today's scale and style.

The whole complex occupies 16,800 square meters (about 4 acres) and consists of the courtyard, the Hall of Prayer, and the gate tower and as well as some other attached structures.

Just inside the gate is a big courtyard. In it, the poplar trees reach the sky and the pines grow vigorously like boys and girls in their adolescence. The whole yard is heavily shaded, making you as cool and comfortable as if you were in an air-conditioned environment. A pond with limpid water is a bright mirror enclosed by the green trees. It endows the place with a quiet elegance.

The Hall of Prayer is on a high dais in the west end of the mosque. The roof is held by light blue pillars and all the pillars form a rectangular shape. Around the roof and the pillars are exquisite carvings and beautiful pictures. The brick gate tower faces the Id Kah Square. This tower is full of elaborate flower-pattern carvings, mainly in green.
Muslims take off their shoes in front of the Prayer Hall
Muslims take off their shoes 
in front of the Prayer Hall
Muslims make a prayer in the mosque
Muslims make a prayer every 
Friday in the mosque
Every day thousands of worshippers come here to pray. Every Friday afternoon, Muslims living far and near gather here to worship. During religious festivals all the Muslims in Xinjiang Uigur Autonomous Region come to this sacred place to celebrate. At prayer time, the mosque, the square, the streets and the roads all around are full of piously kneeling Muslims. Afterwards, all the people get together on the square in front of the Id Kah Mosque and dance to show their happiness, with no sign of exhaustion.
Admission Fee: CNY 20
Opening Hours: 08:50 to 10:00
Recommended Time for a Visit: One hour
Bus Route: 77, 13

 Nearby Attraction:
 Kashgar Old Town

- Last updated on Jul. 18, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on Id Kah Mosque
Asked by Huda from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 31, 2013 00:06Reply
Womens Section in Xinjiang
I am a muslim woman who will be visiting Id Kah Mosque in April. I was wondering if there was a womens section of the mosque at all. I would like to join in Friday Prayers.
Answers (1)
Answered by Samel from CHINA | Apr. 01, 2013 03:53

I am clear about that. Here is the contact of the mosque:
Just dail and ask!
Asked by Mr.WAN from MALAYSIAI WOULD | Apr. 28, 2011 05:31Reply
I WOULD LIKE TO TRAVEL TO WUHAN ON SEPT.2011. MY FLIGHT IS FROM KL TO SHANGHAI. WHAT IS THE BEST TRANSPORT TO WUHAN is it by train or by plane. If by plane what is approx fare in USD and if by train how long the journey is
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Answered by Mr.Peter | Apr. 29, 2011 04:21

If you take a train from Shanghai to Wuhan, it takes about 6 hours. If you take a plane, the ticket fare is about USD123 for economy class and USD246 for first class excluding the fuel tax and airport construction fee.
Asked by Mr.dustmahomed naz from MAURITIUS | Apr. 08, 2011 13:02Reply
plz i would like to know how to go to id kah mosque from long will it take to reach overthere. thank you.
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Answered by Mr.Jamie | Apr. 10, 2011 03:14

Fly to Kashgar from Guangzhou, via Urumqi. It takes 6.5 hours.
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