Nanguan Mosque

Top choice in Xining

This beautiful and recently constructed mosque is really quite an astonishing sight. Built from marble and a variety of other stones and carved tilework, the entire complex is a photogenic opportunity. The main prayer hall is usually out of bounds to non-Muslims (although you may also be allowed in), but you are certainly welcome to wander the grounds.

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