Nanxiapo Mosque is one mosque that you should not miss if you have a chance to visit Beijing. Built by the Hui people in Guanxu Period of the Qing Dynasty (during 1644 – 1911) in Nanxiapo, outside Chaoyang Gate,
the mosque has become an important and famous place for Muslims to go in Beijing. During its more than 300 years history, Nanxiapo Mosque has experienced many important activities. There are two points can show its importance, one is that it is the only place for prayers to go due to the other six mosques in Chaoyang Gate zone of Beijing were all unfortunately destroyed. The other is that the Hui people chose it as the funeral management place in Beijing.
There is a main hall which has an area of 132 square meters holding 800 people for prayer. The layout of the prayer hall is simple and elegant. The inner decoration of the prayer hall is featured by the typically traditional Chinese architecture, while the outside is with Arabic style. It is a perfect model that shows the combination of Chinese and western architectural style. The north hall and south hall is symmetrically and their total area is 68 square meters.