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Yangzhou - Xianhe Mosque

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The ancient Xianhe Mosque (Fairy Crane Mosque) was first built in 1275 to serve the needs of the Arab traders and was rebuilt twice in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Its ancient pine and ginkgo trees are believed to be around 800 years old. The mosque is supposed to resemble a crane in shape. The main entrance is the head, the wells on either side, the eyes, the left-hand path, the neck, the prayer hall, the body, the north and south halls, the wings. Arabic scrolls executed in Chinese calligraphic style hang in one of the halls. There are some 3,600 Hui (Muslims) in Yangzhou.