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Travel Report: Qingjing Mosque – Quanzhou, China.

Entrance Qingjing Mosque Quanzhou Fujian province

February 2018. Qingjing Mosque is China’s second oldest mosque and a major pilgrimage point for the country’s Muslim community. Dating back to 1009, all you can see today is a garden complex of ruins located on Tumen Street just a five-minute walk from Guandi Temple

Tumen Street outside Qingjing Mosque Quanzhou Fujian Province China

Outside Qingjing Mosque.

On the day of our visit we came across a lone fruit and nut vendor selling his colourful goods right outside the stone entrance gate. It was here that we got chatting to Ibrahim Ma, the chairman of The Chinese Muslim Council of North America. “Welcome to Qingjing Mosque!” he exclaimed, before proceeding to boast about how well connected he was. He even whipped out his phone to talk us through a folder of his favourite photos. “Here’s me with British MP. This is me with Toronto mayor. Here’s me with….”

Ruined prayer hall Qingjing Mosque Quanzhou Fujian Province China

Qingjing Mosque, Quanhzou.

The mosque contains a number of pretty, tree-lined courtyards, an informative exhibition centre and a one thousand year old stone incense burner. The former prayer hall (Fengtian Altar) is nothing more than an open-air patch of grass with a few remaining stone columns.

Qingjing Mosque, Quanzhou.

Qingjing Mosque Quanzhou Fujian Province China

Qingjing Mosque, Quanhzou.

This cosy little nook is the remains of a former gate tower. You can find it tucked away at the side of the old prayer hall. Just duck under the stone archway and get your photo amid all the plants and shrubs. Spot the photo bomber!  

Qingjing Mosque Quanzhou Fujian Province China.

Qingjing Mosque, Quanhzou.

A modern, functioning mosque sits right at the back of the complex behind an enormous tree. It serves the local Muslim community and was actually a donation from the Saudi Arabian government!

Qingjing Mosque Quanzhou Fujian Province China

Qingjing Mosque, Quanhzou.

The mosque open daily from 08:30-17:30. We’d been led to believe that there was a 3RMB entrance fee, however access was free on the day of our visit.

For more on this under-the-radar city, check out my other reports from around Quanzhou.

Or maybe search further afield with my zillion articles from across China.

I’ve also written a short story series called Challenged in China.

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