It is also called as Guangta Mosque or Lighthouse Mosque(or Light Tower Mosque), is located in Guangzhou city. It is one of the oldest mosques in China and is one of the four most notable mosques in China with the other three being Yangzhou Crane Mosque, Quanzhou Kylin Mosque and Hangzhou Phoenix mosque.
Huaisheng Mosque was constructed in the memory of the prophet of Islam, Mohammed. Therefore, it is named as Huaisheng, which means “remembering the saint” in Chinese. Huaisheng Mosque was firstly built in Tang Dynasty (618-907) and then was rebuilt for several times.
It covers a total area of 3,000 square meters with buildings of the Light Tower Minaret, the Imam Hall, the Storehouse of Islamic Scriptures, the Covered Corridor, the Stone Stele Pavilion and other facilities. Facing south, Huaisheng Mosque was built in the symmetrical layout of Chinese traditional style with style of West Asia in the decoration and colors. Its main hall, which is situated in the center of the courtyard, occupies an area of 400 square meters.
What stands the mosque most is the Light Tower. The minaret is constructed with Arabic styles with a height of 36 meters. The tower was built with green bricks in a round bottom and coated gray sands in the surface. There are small holes in the body of the tower. This light tower was used for the service of navigation for ships on the Zhujiang River when sailors climbing up the tower for the observation of weather conditions.
Even with a history of thousand years, Huaisheng Mosque still plays an important role nowadays. The mosque attracts thousands of Muslims every year and it is where the Guangzhou Islamic Association seated. The mosque has been an architectural highlight in Guangzhou because of its long history and distinct culture.
Opening Hours: 8:30AM – 5:00PM
|Address:||No. 56, Guangta Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province|
|Location:||Near Sixth Zhongshan Road and Jiefang Road|
Guangzhou Xianxian Mosque
It is located in Guihuagang, is a very famous Islamic historic site. It was first constructed in the third year of Zhenguan, Tang Dynasty (618-907), and now it has a history of more than 1,300 years. Xianxian Mosque covers an area of about 1,860 square meters with a construction area of about 1,077 square meters.
Xianxian Mosque is also called HuiHui Cemetery(回回坟), because the sound inside will have echoes. It is actually a cemetery for the honor of 40 famous Arabic Muslim missionaries who were buried in this cemetery.
The Guangzhou Xianxian Mosque is a cemetery in garden style. Its main buildings include the prayer hall, square pavilion, and wing-room inside. The three wing-rooms are located in the west and the prayer hall is situated in the north. There are many trees and flowers inside the mosque. The cemetery was constructed in arch style on the roof, which is like a hanging clock. Whenever Muslims or tourists coming here to honor those missionaries, their voice would be loud with echoes when talking, chanting or praying.
Xianxian Mosque has a two-storey prayer hall, which can hold a capacity of 3,000 people to do prayer. Those halls and other facilities inside the cemetery are all built in the style of Ming Dynasty. Today, Xianxian Mosque still stands as a popular site for Muslims.
|Address:||No.901, Jiefang Road (North), Yuexiu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province|
Guangzhou Haopan Mosque
It is one of the oldest existing mosques in Guangzhou. It is situated in Haopan Street, Renmin Middle Road of Guangzhou. Haopan Mosque covers an area of 1,491 square meters. It was listed as a city- level cultural relics protection unit in 1993.
Haopang Mosque was constructed in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The mosque was built in the Southern garden style. The existing buildings of the mosque are the main hall and the gate. The gate was built to face to the south while the main hall is located in the west with a width of 18.8 meters and depth of 19.6 meters.
Constructed in the Southern garden style, the Haopan Mosque is a quite outstanding architecture in Guangzhou . There are exquisite carving on the pillars and beams inside the hall. Haopan Mosque was used to serve as a public place for Muslims to attend religious activities. And now it is only open to Muslims.
|Address:||378 Rennin Middle Road, Happen Street, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou|
Guangzhou Xiaodongying Mosque
Located in Xiaodongying Street of Guangzhou, Guangzhou Xiaodongying Mosque is one of the four mosques in Guangzhou. It was first constructed in the Chenghua Period of Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and was renovated two times at Qing Dynasty. Xiaodongying Mosque covers an area of about 600 square meters with a main hall of 153 square meters constructed in Chinese palace-style.
Xiaodongying Mosque has an excellent cultural tradition as it has made lots of contribution and provided great convenience for the development of Islam. It has served as a place for church education since its construction. Xiaodongying Mosque has set up Guangzhou Muslim YMCA and other organizations. It also provides the service for funeral ceremony for Muslims.
Now the mosque contains 100 households of Muslims and has a total population of 300 people who all are Hui people.
|Address:||No.1, Xiaodongying, Yuehua Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou|
|Location:||Near Guangzhou City Hall and Yuexiu Park|
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