Dongguan Mosque

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Dongguan Mosque
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LocationXining, Qinghai, China
Dongguan Mosque is located in Qinghai
Dongguan Mosque
Shown within Qinghai
Geographic coordinates36°36′55″N 101°47′43″E / 36.6154°N 101.7953°E / 36.6154; 101.7953Coordinates: 36°36′55″N 101°47′43″E / 36.6154°N 101.7953°E / 36.6154; 101.7953

Dongguan Mosque (simplified Chinese: 东关清真大寺; traditional Chinese: 東關清真大寺; pinyin: Dōngguān Qīngzhēndàsì) is a mosque in Xining, Qinghai Province, China. It is the largest mosque in Qinghai.


Restored recently[when?], it was originally built in 1380 and has colorful white arches along the outside of the wide building. It has a green and white dome and two tall minarets.[1] The mosque saw renovations in the late 19th to early 20th century. Shortly after, the mosque suffered heavy damages caused by political conflict. However, it continued to undergo restorations throughout the rest of the 20th century.[2]

Generals Ma Qi and Ma Bufang controlled the Great Dongguan Mosque when they were military governors of Qinghai.[3]

In 2021, it was reported that the green dome and minarets of the mosque were removed in a remodel to make the structure look more "Chinese" in an attempt by the CCP at sinicization.[4][5]


The mosque covers an area of 11,940 square metres. In the Ming period, the mosque consisted of a single courtyard with a worship hall and two multi-storey minarets. The modern mosque is built in Chinese Islamic architectural style and contains elements of western architecture.


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  1. ^ China. Eye Witness Travel Guides. p. 498.
  2. ^ Steinhardt, Nancy Shatzman (2018). China's Early Mosques. Edinburgh University Press. p. 249. ISBN 978-1-4744-3721-9.
  3. ^ Stéphane A. Dudoignon (2004). Devout societies vs. impious states?: transmitting Islamic learning in Russia, Central Asia and China, through the twentieth century : proceedings of an international colloquium held in the Carré des Sciences, French Ministry of Research, Paris, November 12-13, 2001. Schwarz. p. 68. ISBN 3-87997-314-8. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  4. ^ Feng, Emily (24 October 2021). "China is removing domes from mosques as part of a push to make them more 'Chinese'". Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  5. ^ Misra, Shubhangi (2021-09-13). "China removes green dome, minarets from 14th century mosque in Qinghai". ThePrint. Archived from the original on 2021-09-28. Retrieved 2022-01-13.

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