Xi'an Xiaopiyuan Mosque is one of the old mosques located in Xi'an. As it is located in the north of the Great Mosque in Huajue Lane, Xiaopiyuan Mosque is also called North Great Mosque.
Xiaopiyuan Mosque was first constructed in late Tang Dynasty (618-907). Xiaopiyuan Mosque is situated in the Xiaopiyuan Lane in the center of Xi'an city. It occupies an area of 5,986 square meters with a construction area of 2,032 square meters. Xiaopiyuan Mosque is constructed into a Islamic temple-styled mosque featured with Chinese traditional palace style.
Xiaopiyuan Mosque consists of the prayer hall and many other buildings. This mosque is divided into four entrance courtyards. The first entrance courtyard leads to the female mosque which is located in the opposite of the first courtyard. In the east of the first courtyard, there stands a large screen wall decorated with brick carvings and covered with green tiles.
The second entrance courtyard gets the way to reach the imam office and learning house. The third entrance of the courtyard is the way to the chanting rooms. There are three small wing-rooms on both the north and south sides of the third courtyard, which are all served as chanting rooms. Green meadow, flower nurseries, fish ponds are equipped in this courtyard.
And the last fourth entrance courtyard. It is to the moon platform, which display a group of exquisite stone carvings. There are stone carved moon, base, mountain, table, stele, chair and other stone carvings on the moon platform.
As one of those first mosques in Xi'an, Xiaopiyuan Mosque has gained its fame by its long history and has cultivated many successful religious scholars. There are many Muslims come to the mosque to attend the prayer service and recite chants every week.