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Beijing Cow Street Mosque

History of Beijing Cow Street Mosque


The Beijing Cow Street Mosque is one of most vital and the oldest mosques in China. There was a mosque built in 996 AD first, and now the mosque covers an area of around 6,000 square meters. The outside architecture is Chinese style, while it looks somewhat strange or quite ancient. The inside of the architecture looks more Arabic. It is a vital site for Muslims and the largest mosque in Beijing. The mixture of Chinese and Arabic architecture and traditions is intriguing, and the shopping on the Cow Street is wonderful.


Features of Beijing Cow Street Mosque


The architecture is imposing and grand, but it looks so queerly heavy that as if it comes out from the past. Cow Street Mosque is the oldest mosque in Beijing, China. It was built in 996 during the Liao Empire era (916-1125), and the existin g building was built during the time of the Qing Emperor Kangxi (1661-1722). The main buildings are named the Moon House, the Muslim Hall, the Tablet Pavilion, the Minaret Building, and the Bath Room. The mosque faces Mecca. The construction style is intriguing.

Entering the small courtyard area along a garden road, you can see some doorways and trees opening into the various kinds of buildings. There is the main hall, and there is a two story tower structure which is named Tower for Watching the Moon. It looks like a two storey pagoda while it is quite much different from a minaret. There is also a room for reading lection.

The mosque is situated in Beijing's Xuanwu District and there are lots of  Muslims. Muslims Cow Street, also called Niujie in the district is the largest Muslim street in Beijing. Compared to high-rise apartment buildings, most of the street take the shine off, but there are many Muslim restaurants in the area. While visiting the street, you may want to try Lanzhou La Mian. It is delicious and the price is quite reasonable. Some other delicious snacks or foods you may try include Palace Cheese, Boiled Mutton, Braised Ox Tail in Brown Sauce, Sweet & Sour Plum Juice, Xinjiang Rice, Haw Jelly, Rice Balls with Sweet Bean Flour, and Braised Chicken with Potat.


Beijing Cow Street Mosque Notes

1.Address: Cow Street Mosque, 18 Cow Street, Xuanwu District, Beijing city. Yo
2.Transportation: Bus No. 10, 109, 61, or 6. Get off at Cow Street.
3.Price: Foreign tourists pay about 10 RMB or 1.5 USD. Chinese tourists pay about 2 RMB or .30 USD. But non-Muslims are forbidden to enter the main prayer hall and some other areas.
4.Opening hours: from 8:00 to 17:00 or from 8 am to 5 pm.
5.Clothing: you should dress neatly.