Niu Jie Mosque
The Niujie (Ox Street) Mosque, is situated on Niujie Street in the city's Xuanwu District. First built back in 996, the mosque has a history that stretches back over a thousand years, in which time it has undergone numerous refits and extensions, and has greeted Muslims from all over the world to worship. The mosque covers an area of over 6000 square meters (7176 square yards), and is structurally based on traditional Chinese wooden palaces, yet adopts a typical Arabic-style of decoration. There are no human or animal figures among these decorations as these are considered taboo in Islam.
Since my Beijing tour was mainly for Muslims, the tourist guide took us to the mosque for the Muslims to offer prayers. I was not supposed to come to this sacred place, therefore I could stay in the bus. But, I was curious to see further. I walked around the area capturing a few shots. Amazing..it's so much different from our Malaysian mosque.