One of the oldest, biggest and best-well-preserved Islamic mosques in China. When people talk about mosque, minaret is the very first thought that comes to mind. However, unlike most mosques in Middle East or Arab countries, the Great Mosque of Xi’an is completely Chinese in its construction and architectural style, except for some Arabic lettering and decorations, for the mosque has neither domes nor traditional-style minarets. Great Mosque of Xi’an combined Islamic culture with Chinese traditional architecture seamlessly and became one of the most featured and renowned mosques in China.
The mosque is also known as the Huajue Mosque (Chinese: 化觉巷清真寺; pinyin: Huàjué Xiàng Qīngzhēnsì), for its location on Huajue Lane. It is sometimes called the Great Eastern Mosque (Chinese: 东大寺; pinyin: Dōng Dàsì) as well, because it sits east of another Xi’an’s oldest mosques, Daxuexi Alley Mosque (Chinese: 大学习巷清真寺; pinyin: Dàxuéxí Xiàng Qīngzhēnsì).