The First Mosque in China
The Great Mosque of Guangzhou, aslo known also as Huaisheng Mosque or also known as the Guangta Mosque (Light Tower Mosque), is considered to be the earliest surviving mosque in China. It also has the earliest freestanding minaret in China. Some sources claim that it was built by the uncle of prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), Saad bin Abi Waqas.
As one of the oldest masques in China, the Guangzhou Huaisheng Mosque has a history of more than 1,500 years. The temple covers a total area of 3,000 square meters, including the constructed area of 1,553 square meters and the 400 square meters of main hall.
The major architectures are the main hall, moon building, east and west galleries, scripture-stored room, pavillion, Xuanli tower and other facilities. The main hall is located in the center of the courtyard. It is a classical architecture with brackets. In the bright hall, the decoration is simple and the floor is very clean. The Xuanli tower is a cylindrical shape and Arabic-style tower with 36 meters high.