The Middle Kingdom is said to have 5,000 years of culture and these are just the places to learn about the rich history of China, whether you're interested in religion, politics, warfare or peoples.
Xining's premier Islamic education center and the largest mosque in Qinghai Province, the Dongguang mosque, built in 1380, is a pleasant spot for a stroll, some people-watching (especially just before or after prayer times) and a taste of China's Muslim life. Though casual visitors generally cannot enter the main building, the grounds are appealing and the friendly locals usually up for a chat. The architecture combines Muslim and Chinese features in a fascinating fashion, even if the overall fusion is a bit awkward, as if reflective..
The Emin Minaret (Sūgōng Tǎ, 苏公塔), located 2 km (1.5 mi) east of Turpan, stands 44 m (144 ft) high, and is proudly the tallest minaret in China. Established in 1777 during the Qing Dynasty, the Emin Minaret is well-known for its unusual and unique architectural design, while the elegant design and decoration add to it's beauty. While designed to be an Islamic-style building, the minaret is very much influenced by Chinese features, with both Chinese and Uyghur language engraved on the stele in front. Unfortunately, the..
Kashgar's majestic yellow-tiled Id Kah Mosque (Àitígǎěr Qīngzhēnsì, 艾提尕尔清真寺) has been the heart of the region's traditional Muslim culture since its completion in 1442. Today, it remains one of China's largest mosques, frequently hosting ten to twenty thousand worshippers on holy days. Visitors are tolerated but only to the extent that they show the expected levels of respect for the institution. Women are advised to cover up bare limbs and all visitors should be wary of turning a serious place of daily worship into a..