Located in Dongguan Street, Chengdong District, Xining City of Qinghai Province, the Xining Dongguan Mosque is the largest and best-preserved mosque in the city of Xining. Also the Xining Dongguan Mosque is one of the four great mosques in the northwest China.
Dongguan Mosque was first constructed in the year of 1380 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It has gone through several times of destructions and reconstructions in the history. After rebuilt in 1913 and expanded in 1946, the existing mosque went through the final renovation in 1979.
Dongguan Mosque occupies an area of 13,602 square meters with the constructed area of 4,654 square meters. Dongguan Mosque attracts people there by its unique Islamic culture and featured architectures. Architectures of the mosque are constructed into the combined styles of Chinese traditional and Islamic architectural art.
What attracts first is the western-styled gate when visiting the Dongguan Mosque. The gate is in the size of 10 meters' high and 15 meters' wide with its name written on the top. After the gate, you will find five arches as large as 10 meters high and 21 meters wide standing there. On both sides of the gate, there is the Xuanli Pavilion located. It is a 3-storey building in the shape of hexagon.
After the arches, there situates a huge square courtyard of 4,490 square meters with the prayer hall in the center. The prayer hall is the main building of the Dongguan Mosque. It occupies an area of 1,136 square meters and is capable to accommodate 3,000 people to do prayers at a time.
Besides the prayer hall, there are the imam room, students' dormitories, bath house, steles and other facilities equipped in the mosque. Those mixed styles of architectures that are beautiful and majestic have made the Dongguan Mosque one of the major attractions in Xining.