Huaisheng Mosque, 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