Mosques in Shanghai
Shanghai Songjiang Mosque (松江清真寺）
It is the oldest Islamic mosque in Shanghai district. It is not a regular tourist attraction, but it is an active mosque that people say feels peaceful and has gardens. You can see a mixture of Islamic and Chinese architecture.
Muslims began to build this mosque complex about 1364-1367 near the end of the Yuan Empire period (1271-1368). In the Ming Empire era (1368-1644), rulers ordered that the mosque be rebuilt in 1391. During the Qing Empire era (1644-1911), they renovated the complex several times. The main buildings are the main hall, a prayer area, a corridor, two teaching halls, and a bath house. The Bangke Gate Tower or the Minaret Tower rises above the complex and is a classical Arabic architecuture. The place of worship shows Ming Dynasty architectural style. There are four plaques that date from the reigns of four emperors: Kang Xi, Jia Qing, Dao Guang, and Tong Zhi. Read more on history of Islam in China
Location： 43 Middle Part of Middle Mountain Road, Songjiang District, Shanghai. 松江清真寺, 上海市松江区中山中路43号. Or 21 Gangbeng Alleyway, Songjiang District. 松江区缸甏巷21号. You can show a taxi driver the above addresses. The mosque’s lot has both addresses. Taxi fare from central Shanghai is about 150 RMB or 23 USD.
Shanghai Xiaotaoyuan Mosque上海小桃园清真寺
The Xiaotaoyuan Mosque is the largest mosque in the city of Shanghai and the nearby areas. It was first built in 1917 and rebuilt in 1925. It contains a spacious courtyard in the temple. To the west of the yard is a square grand prayer hall covering an area of 500 square meters. It is a two-floor building that can hold 500 people during prayer. In the east of the yard is another hall building. The second and third floors hold a library and a reading room that store different versions of Koran and Islamic cultural relics. The first floor is used as a teaching room. To the north of the yard are the imam room, the guesthouse, and the water house.
Location: 52 Xiaotaoyuan Street, Nanshi District, Shanghai (上海南市区小桃园街52号).
Shanghai Huxi Mosque 上海沪西清真寺
The Shanghai Huxi Mosque is the first rebuilt mosque in Shanghai after the establishment of new China. It demonstrates a strong Arabic Islamic architectural style.
The new Huxi Mosque covers an area of 1,667 square meters. The prayer hall is a two-floor building with double arches and a fan-shaped roof, and connects to two porches. The teaching room, imam office, guesthouse, and bath house can be found in the building. There are fountains in the front and back of the yard. The design of the temple is rather flexible and its atmosphere is quiet and elegant.
Location: 3 Lane, 1328 Changde Road, Putuo District, Shanghai (上海市普陀区常德路1328弄3)
Shanghai Pudong Mosque 上海浦东清真寺
The Shanghai Pudong Mosque was first built in 1935, and the rebuilt temple covers an area of 1,650 square meters. The temple gate faces to the north and a spacious courtyard sits inside. To the west of the yard is the prayer hall, which can hold about 100 people during prayer. To the south of the hall are the imam room, the water house, and the office. This Xuanli building is 36 meters high, making it the highest tower in Shanghai.
Location: 375 Yuansheng Road, Pudong District, Shanghai (上海市浦东新区源深路375号)
Shanghai Fuyou Road Mosque 上海市福佑路清真寺
The Fuyou Road Mosque was first built during the ninth year (1870) of Tongzhi during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The mosque used to be the political, religious, and cultural center for Muslims.
The temple gate faces to the north, and upon entering the gate one sees a rectangular courtyard. To the north of the yard is the water house. To the south of the yard is a third-entrance prayer hall, which covers an area of 450 square meters and reflects Chinese palace-style architecture. In the hall are different floral designs on the walls. The prayer hall holds many lections.
Location: 378 Fuyou Road, Shanghai (上海市福佑路378号)
I updated this article on January 17, 2013
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Questions and Answers About Mosques in Shanghai
Hi Ashik, yes, it is safe. There are many Muslims living in Shanghai. It is allowed for Muslims to practise their religion, pray in Mosque,wear hijab, keep beard while in public.Whitney Liao replied on 2012-11-27