Visit Shenyang’s Qing Dynasty South Mosque
Whenever I visit a new place I can’t wait to explore. For me, it’s almost like I’m on some giant treasure hunt – and every city or town has hidden gems. Close to Liaoning Grand Theatre, the South Mosque of Shenyang is the mosque in the city and prestigious in north-eastern China.
The structure was first constructed in the Houjin Dynasty (1627-1636) and then reconstructed several times in the Qianlong and Jiaqing periods. Mainly inhabited by the people of Hui Nationality, the architecture typically represents Islamic mosque style with religious and ethnic motifs.
The mosque was built around a square courtyard complex, centred by the Prayer Hall. My favourite building is the Moon Sighting Tower, which is nearly 30 metres high and has three floors. I can only imagine what it was like to look at the moon from this lofty perch centuries ago.
Today, the South Mosque still hosts Islamic festivals in Shenyang, and frequently receives visitors from Islamic countries.
Discover other historic gems and attractions in Shenyang. Just grab a map and ask my team to give you some clues.
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