Great Mosque of Xi’an

Great Mosque of Xi’an
Originally uploaded by paulbrockmann.

Some of you may remember the one little photo I had of the mosque in Xiahe from my August trip to Ningxia and Gansu, and my report of the beautiful mosques that blend Chinese and Islamic architectural traditions. Sadly, I got very few photos of those mosques since my camera batteries were low and the few I took came out poorly. So I made up for it with a few extra shots of this mosque, which is apparently one of the largest in China. Naturally I could not enter the main prayer hall (it’s one of he shots you’ll see after this, with a woman in a pink coat standing in the shot), but the grounds are nice even in the winter: I suspect in the summer the gardens must be lovely.

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