Nanguan Mosque


This modern Middle Eastern–style mosque is a 1981 rebuild of the Ming dynasty mosque that was entirely destroyed during the Cultural Revolution. It's a little tired looking but with its green dome topped with a crescent moon and a crystal chandelier at the entrance, it still looks striking. Non-Muslims cannot enter the prayer hall, but there's a small gallery devoted to the history of this and other well-known mosques in China and the world.

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1. Nánxūn Mén

0.26 MILES

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2. Jade Emperor Pavilion

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3. Yinchuan Drum Tower


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4. Ningxia Museum

0.77 MILES

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5. Chengtiansi Pagoda

0.81 MILES

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6. Xinyi Market

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7. Haibao Pagoda

2.63 MILES

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8. Yinchuan Museum of Contemporary Art

7.54 MILES

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