Niujie Mosque, also called Ox Street Mosque, is the oldest mosque in Beijing and enjoys great reputation among Muslims of all persuasions and nationalities, which is a striking mosque and worth a visit. According to legend, an ancient imam had lived in the catacombs beneath the mosque and if non-believers should attempt to enter its prayer hall, he will suddenly appear and send the "heretic to Allah" by throwing small steel darts at the infidel.
Address: 88 Niu Jie, Xicheng District,Beijing
Tel: +86 10 6353 2564
Traffic: Bus Nos. 10, 213, 48, and 717
Built in 1447 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Dongsi Mosque combines Chinese and Arabic styles such as the Niujie Mosque. The mosque's library houses valuable manuscripts of the Koran, Hadith, Sunna (Islamic law), and other works of Islamic philosophy, history and literature published in Egypt, India, Turkey and Pakistan. Three services are held at dawn, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. daily, which is headquarters of the Beijing branch of the China Islamism Association.
Address: 13 Dongsi Nandajie, Dongcheng District
Tel: +86 10 6525 7824
Traffic: Bus Nos. 106, 110, 685, 684 and 116