As one of the most famous mosques in China, Tianjin Great Mosque has been an important Islamic shrine since the beginning of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
Extending over an area of 5000 square meters, the mosque consists of four main structures, the Screen Wall, the Archway, the Prayer Hall and the Preaching Hall.
Of these the Prayer Hall is the most active and respected spot in the complex. Even today, over one thousand Muslims from in and around Tianjin come here to worship each week.
While tourists may not enter the building it is possible for them to walk round the courtyard so as to have a close view of the mosque. The Great Mosque lies in the northwest part of the city, Hongqiao District. A visit of half an hour is recommended.
Admission fee: Free
Opening hours: 09:00 to 17:00
Recommended time for a visit: Half an hour
(travelchinaguide.com July 25, 2007)