The Great Mosque
Many locals believe that the soul of the Muslim Quarter resides in the Great Mosque. It is the largest and most complete Islamic mosque in China, with nearly 1,300 years of history. Occupying an area of more than 12,300 square meters (132,000 square feet), it now houses over 180 halls and rooms in five courtyards.
A pavilion at the Great Mosque. /VCG Photo
The Great Mosque was first built in 742 during the Tang Dynasty when foreign envoys gathered in Xi'an to share and exchange their ideas on religion, business and culture with the Chinese. Muslim merchants have settled in this city since then.