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Top 10 Tourist Scams Beijing

Monday, October 15th, 2018
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Dear Travelers

We’d like to have the following travel guide to be always updated for the benefit of new visitors coming to Beijing. If anybody having used the piece finds necessary updates, please leave a message or feedback. Thanks!
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Plan your Beijing tour? Most foreign travelers feel very safe when traveling in Beijing. But that doesn’t mean you should lower your vigilance on possible travel scams in Beijing.

The remark below is quoted from Percy from USA:
Thank you for having this site. As a traveler and student of human nature, I appreciate the scam warnings and the comments. I am a native New Yorker, and I feel it important to remind people that scams are not only in China.

Anywhere around the world where there are larger groups of humans, there will be more opportunities for scams. It seems the way of the Universe that these will be filled. You should always be aware, do research and remember that if it seems off, or too good, it is probably a scam. This is true in China, the U.S., or any other place where humans exist.”

Latest feedback from Denis:
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Hi, you website is very helpful. I can share my experience about another scam:

We used an official taxi with the meter, so when the ride was over, we wanted to pay with 100 RMB, as we didn’t have any other bills. The taxi driver didn’t like the bill we gave to him and asked for another one. Then for another one and so on (every time giving back the previous one of course).

He was also friendly but insisted on the other bill and we couldn’t understand what’s wrong and what did he wanted, so we just kindly gave him different bills to try out. At some point we just decided to leave because it started to become annoying.

After some more negotiations he finally took one of our bills, gave us the change and left. The next day, when we tried to pay by cash at a grocery store it appeared that 4 of our bills are fake and I’m quite sure they were not fake before.

Not such a big amount for learning a new type of scam (I have forgotten already that there is such a thing as fake money on the streets) though.

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Scam #1 Avoid KTV bars
Whether you enter on your own or taken by a Chinese “friend.”, in most cases you are in for a trap! It is a karaoke place. You enter the room to sing a few songs and have a few beers. Suddenly girls appear and want to drink with you. Then suddenly a cart appears with lots of snacks and beer.

The snacks are NOT free and they are expensive–but more on that later. The girl wants a brandy and you say okay. You will end up paying huge amount of money! Just avoid KTV!

Scam # 02:  Tea Scam
At some heavy tourist areas (like Tiananmen Square, Wangfujing Street…),  you will be approached by one or three  attractive females or gentlemen, who are  willing to have a natural and nice talk with you or  even give you a free tour of hutong  in a polite way.  She or he will talk about the interesting things in Beijing, or talk about the culture or history of your home country and even world affairs!

Then if everything goes smoothly, then  invite you to a traditional Chinese teashops or ceremony. The whole ceremony proceeds then at the end of the ceremony your “friends” will ask you to pick out some favorite teas. So the scam start when it comes time to pay the bill, and it can again run into the hundreds or thousands of dollars. Simply don’t go for it!

To make the tea scam more natural,  they  pretend to be very friendly. They even don’t suggest you pay the whole amount. It is to be split between you and your “friends”.  So you  will see them pay their part. It is a scam!

It happens in central part of Beijing mainly, esp. in Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the surroundings.

Scam # 03: “Art Student” Scam
Also at some big tourist destinations,  some young people,  disguised as ” art student’”,  will approach you. They offer you a free tour of an art show. Thus begins the “Art Student” scam.

Actually they will take you to an art shop selling all kinds of “art” stuff. This is just a waste of time. You can easily find these art pieces on the market. They sell the same “art” at higher prices. Simply say bye to them.
It happens mainly in historical sites, and public transport hubs. They are good actors(actresses) indeed. To us Chinese people they say they are out job-hunting and is penniless; to overseas travelers they say they are art students. Many of them are very properly dressed.

Scam # 04: Rickshaw Scam
Some first-time oversea or even domestic travelers visiting Beijing fall into the traps of some seemingly “humble rickshaw drivers”. For example, let’s say, you and a rickshaw driver agree on a price of RMB 40 for a pedicab ride. It will turn out to be RMB400!. The trick is that your rickshaw driver will pretend to be ignorant and he will pull out a laminated price list and say it is 400 yuan instead of 40 yuan. Better take a taxi than a pedicab.

1) Rickshaw Scam at the North Gate of Forbidden City
There are two entrances to the Forbidden City – the south gate ( Meridian Gate – Wumen)  and north gate( Gate of Divine – Shenwu Men).  The south gate is linked to Tiananmen Square to the south. You have to enter Forbidden City from its south gate and exit from its northern gate, which is officially set as a one-way south to north travel route.

Make sure you are taken by your taxi to the south entrance of Forbidden City (better yet, take the subway line 1 –  its very nice and very cheap!). Don’t ever take a Rickshaw at the north gate of Forbidden City unless you feel like getting lost and extorted.

So if you visit Forbidden City by getting to a wrong gate (north gate), don’t use a local rickshaw to get back to the south gate, just walk to the right gate (south gate). For the same reason, if you exit from the north gate after visiting Forbidden City, don’t use a rickshaw for your next place.

2)  Rickshaw scams also occur at the entrance to the “Legend of Jinsha” which is performed at the Beijing Workers’ Club in Beijing.

3)  Rickshaw scams possible at any places in Beijing
Rickshaw scams could occur at any other places in Beijing. Be Vigilant!

 Scam #05: “Black” Taxis
When arriving at the airport, keep away from the taxi drivers who approach you in the terminal or outside the terminal as they will charge you much more than the actual price. Just following the sign pointing to the taxi line just outside the terminal. Taxi drivers should use their meter; make sure that the driver puts down the flag.

Taking a taxi from the airport to the downtown Beijing costs just over RMB 100 plus RMB 5 toll fee. Beijing legitimate taxi license plates will begin with the “Beijing B” otherwise it is possibly a black taxi!

After paying a legal taxi, you will get a legal computerized receipt in which you can find the taxi company’s phone number while a black driver only offers you a hand-written receipt with which you will never find him! A black driver would charge you RMB 400 – RMB 500 for the airport downtown drive! Normally a taxi ride from the airport to the downtown of Beijing costs you around RMB 120.

Black cars could be found around the subway stations, shopping malls, and also around some major tourist attractions such as Summer Palace, Forbidden City and Wangfujing Street and Beijing Railway Station as well.
By the way, your taxi driver may pull out a very official looking list of all hotels and official airport price. Never belive so-called official taxi-rate list of all hotels and official airport price. Never such a taxi-rate list!

It seems that there is a new kind of scam in Beijing when it comes down to the taxi’s.  Taxi drivers are asking their passengers to get out of the car and help to push it / close the trunk. When the passengers are outside, the drivers takes of with all their belongings.

For more information on taxi, please visit Beijing Taxi.

Scam # 6:Fake helpers/officials around Mao’s Tomb at Tiananmen Square 
When you line up for entering Mausoleum of Mao Zedong, you will probably meet some fake helpers or officials who are trying to “grab” some money from you.  To avoid being cheated, please read the following travel tips:

The admission to Mausoleum of Mao Zedong is free. No need for passport ID check and no need for buying shoes to replace your sandals (though not encouraged). As with most mausoleums, strict rules are enforced for visitors. No bags and cameras are allowed inside the hall. One locker is located 500m to the east of the mausoleum. The deposit is not free ( yes, a little strange)! The charges on deposit locker ranges from CNY 2 to 10.

Scam #07:  Scams Occurring Around Tiananmen and Forbidden City
The area around Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City is a favorite hangout for scammers.  Below is a trip by a scam victim named  Akalan:

In fact this was my 4th trip to China, but first trip to Beijing. Many a times many people, usually young ladies chatted with me and they helped me a lot. Even on the same day morning I went to the Great Wall and a young girl with good English walked with me. All those I met earlier were genuine people who just wanted to help a visitor to their country. Most of the time they did not even allow me to pay a bill, ticket price or taxi fare.

With that sort of experience, I had no suspicion on this woman. Still my priority was to get into the Forbidden city ASAP, as it was passed 3pm and I knew that the ticket sales would stop at 4 pm. This lady said that she would show me the “East gate” where I can enter without a long queue. Yes, there was a queue of people at the main entrance.

I simply followed her advice and she walked with me to “show” the entrance. On the way she said she is from Xi’An (a city I visited 1 month ago) and we had quite a good conversation on history, culture and languages. She also explained some history of the area.

She said her friends from another province are there and they will meet her in 10 min. If I can wait 10 min, they also can join me to go inside the Forbidden city. While waiting for them, she suggested me to sit some where and have a tea or fruit juice. In fact after walking and climbing whole morning in Great Wall area, I was thirsty and wanted to sit and stretch my legs. So I agreed.

I tried to sit on some chairs laid outside, but she suggested to go inside – less noisy, less dust and air-conditioned! I picked a Chinese tea and the scam began!

You know the rest. Yes, she split the bill, still I lost a few hundred! Worst thing was that she took me to a gate, assuring that I could enter from there, but obviously there were no ticket counters. I had to get to an electric car. The driver charged 20, instead of 2, as he sensed my urgency!

He actually did not take me to the ticket counters, instead, he stopped somewhere and a woman approached me. She was telling me that the ticket counters are closed and she would sell a ticket to me for 100 ! I did not want to let some one rip me off for 3rd time, within 15 min. Finally when I found the ticket counters, they were closed! So I missed the Forbidden City!

Scam #08: Avoid Itinerant Tour Companies at Street
AVOID TOURISM COMPANIES, the ones who talk to you at street, promising a great price to go meet Great Wall (for example), they will make you pay more inside the bus, will take you to the worse section of the Great Wall, and prepare yourself for a long day stopping at market places, really awful experience.

If you want sightseeing, get a legal one, from important sites.

Scam #09: Cheating Rampant at North Gate to Forbidden City 
There are two main gates to the Forbidden City – the south gate ( Meridian Gate – Wumen)  and north gate( Gate of Divine – Shenwu Men).  The south gate is linked to Tiananmen Square to the south. You have to enter Forbidden City from its south gate and exit from its north gate, which is officially set as a one-way south to north travel route.

So don’t try to go to the North Gate to Forbidden City.  The North Gate now only serves an exit gate.  If you get to a wrong gate ( the north gate ),  just walk along the streets circling Forbidden City and move on to the south gate. In this case, you are not encouraged to use a rickshaw or a 3-wheel motorcycle taxi at the north gate of Forbidden City.  Some  of the rickshaw and 3-wheel motorcycle taxi drivers are just disgusting swindlers.  Avoid Them!  Below is the account by Bill of the victim at the North Gate to Forbidden City.

I was a victim of two scams in the same day! The first was with a 3-wheel motorcycle taxi at the north gate of the forbidden city. I was offered a ride to the south gate for 3 Yuan. The taxi drove through a maze of narrow alleys and he stopped at an isolated spot. Then he demanded 300 Yuan, about $48.

The second incident was the tea shop routine. A nice couple invited me to a local place near Tiananmen square. I told them about the taxi incident and they sounded shocked and empathetic! We were given snacks (2 Yuan per bag in the store), some high quality tea, orange juice, and about 1-2 ounces of wine. The bill was 1200 Yuan plus 100 for the tip. He paid half (money probably borrowed from the owner), but I was still squeezed for over $100.

The next day, near the same square, a woman began a nice friendly conversation with me and tried to do the same thing. The good-bye was very quick.

Scam #10:  The Counterfeit Money
Hi there – another scam to add to the list is the counterfeit money. We used a standalone ATM at the silk markets and received many hundreds of RMB that was fake. We didn’t know of course – its nearly impossible to tell. Now we have some lovely souvenirs that look like 100 RMB notes 🙂
The advice would be to use a bank ATM I guess.

More Tourist Scams:

Tourist scam on Chinese Medicine ( Feedback from christian Holscher )
There is a tourist scam where people pretend to be part of the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences. They pretend to be doctors and ‘diagnose’ an illness just by taking the pulse. Then, they sell very expensive pills which are most likely just herbal remedies.

The company does not give receipts for their sale, and no address or contact number was provided. They clearly do not pay tax. All what they give to the customer is a worthless certificate with no address. The real of this company can be found on the credit card receipt.

06611Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.

Top 10 Must-Taste Foods in Beijing

Sunday, September 16th, 2018
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Plan your Beijing tour? China has a strong gastronomic tradition and Beijing is no exception. No Beijing tour is complete without getting a taste of its local foods.

Today I’m going to introduce to you the top 10 must-taste foods unique in Beijing with pictures and descriptions easy for you to follow on your trip to Beijing. Some of the top 10 foods mentioned may sound a bit bizarre or weird.

1. Beijing Roast Duck (北京烤鸭)
Eating Beijing Ducks and walking on the Great Wall are the two must-do things while traveling Beijing for the first time. The making of Beijing roast ducks dates back to 150 years.

Generally, there are two ways of making ducks – Roasting ducks by using an oven without a door and roasting is done in an enclosed oven heated with crop stalks as the fuel.

Quanjude Roast Ducks are representative of the ducks roasted in an oven without a door while Bianyifang Roast Ducks of the ducks roasted in an enclosed oven.

After roasted and dried, the duck will look brightly dark red, shining with oil and with crisp skin and tender meat. Few people could resist its temptation due to its attractive appearance.

Beijing Roast Duck

Recommended Beijing duck restaurants:
Qianmen Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant
Add: 32 Qianmen Dajie, Chongwen District
Open hours: 11am-1:30pm, 4:45pm-8pm
By bus: take lines 110, 120, 20, exit at Dazhalan
Tel: 6710 1379

Hepingmen Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant
Add: 14 Qian Men xi dajie, Xuanwu District
Open hours: 11am-2pm, 4:30pm-10:30pm
By bus: take lines 14, 7, 15, subway line 2, exit at Hepingmen
Tel: 6301 8833

Xingfudajie Bian Yi Fang Roast Duck Restaurant
Add: 36 xingfu dajie, chongwen District
Open hours: 10:30am-2pm, 4pm-10pm
By bus: take lines 8, exit at xingfu street
Tel: 6711 6545

Yutingqiao Bian Yi Fang Roast Duck Restaurant
Add: 73 Tian tan Donglu, chongwen district
Open hours: 11am-9:30pm
By bus: take lines 39,39special, 43, 807, 958, exit at dongce lu
Tel: 6702 0904 

2. Mutton Hot Pot(涮羊肉)
Mutton Hot Pot is one of the traditional cuisines in Beijing. Here the mutton hot-pot refers to the Mongolian style hot-pot.

The lamb slices are put into the hot-pot, which is a copper pot containing a boiling soup base.After a few seconds the lamb slices are done and  dip them a sesame butter sauce. Mutton hot-pot is especially popular in winter.

Donglaishun Mutton Hot Pot
Address: No.198, Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Phone: 010-63023042
Mutton Hot Pot

Mutton Hot Pot

3. Fried Lamb or Cow Stomach (Baodu  爆肚)
Fried Lamb or Cow Stomach is a traditional snack in Beijing. Put lamb or cow stomaches in boiling water, then take them out and cut them into thin slices.Then spread some sauce on the sliced stomaches. Fried Lamb or Cow Stomach is pronounced “Baodu”.

Recommended restaurants for “Baodu”:

Baodu Feng Restaurant
Add: 17 Qianhai Dongyan, Shichahai, Xicheng District, Beijing 西城区什刹海前海东沿17号(银锭桥南)
Tel:010-64057412
Baodu Feng Restaurant
Add: 56 Langfang Ertiao, Menkuang Hutong, Qianmen, Xicheng District, Beijing 西城区前门大街门框胡同廊坊二条56号 公交/驾车 Tel:010-63083296
Fried Cow Stomach

Fried Cow Stomach

4. Fried Pig Liver (炒肝)
Fried Pig Liver is a traditional Beijing snack. Its ingredients include fat sausages, pig livers and garlic.Yaoji Fried Liver Restaurant (Gulou)Add:311 Dongdajie,Gulou, Dongcheng District, Beijing 东城区鼓楼东大街311号 
Fried Pig Liver

Fried Pig Liver

5. Bittern flapjack (卤煮火烧)
Bittern flapjack is a traditional snack in Beijing. The pig intestines and lung are cooked together with bean curds tablets, blood tofu, and sold in a bowl of hot soup.Chenji Luzhu Xiaochang (陈记卤煮小肠)

Add: Jia 16-17, Huayuan North Road, Haidian Ditrict, Beijing 海淀区花园北路甲12号16-17门牌
Tel: 13520510701
Bittern flapjack

Bittern flapjack

6. Mending Meat Pie (门丁肉饼)
“Mengding” in Chinese literally means “door nails”. The meat pie looks like a door nail in the past, hence the Mending Meat Pie. The yellow and crisp pastries contain hot meat.The best place to eat Mending meat pie is Mending Li.
Mending Li (门丁李)

Tel:010-81624868
Add: 20 South Road, Capital Stadium, Xicheng District, Beijing  北京西城区首体南路20号
Mending Meat Pie

Mending Meat Pie

7. Steamed Stuffed Buns
Beijing is well-known for its yummy steamed stuffed buns, quite different from Tianjin’s stuffed buns known as “Goubuli”. Beijing’s stuffed buns look more beautiful, not oily.It provides plentiful stuffed buns.You are highly recommended to eat the stuffed buns at Qingfeng Stuffed buns. You may visit one of its chain restaurants.Qingfeng Stuffed Buns Head OfficeAdd:178 Nandajie, Xinjiekou, Beijing 北京市新街口南大街178号
Tel:010-66182812 010-66124087

8. Shoulder Bag-shaped Cake  褡裢火烧
Place fillings into two dumpling wrappers, and put them into boiling oil wok. The fried cakes look like ancient shoulder bags, hence Shoulder Bag-shaped Cake.

Ruibinlou Restaurant (瑞宾楼)
Add :7 Zhaogongkou, Fengtai District, Beijing 丰台区赵公口7号楼
Tel:010-87263302
Shoulder Bag-shaped Cake

Shoulder Bag-shaped Cake

9. Noodles with Fried Bean and Meat Sauce ( Zhajiang Mian 炸酱面)

Noodles with Fried Bean and Meat Sauce is most typical of Beijing. It is a unique and traditional way of making noodles. Add shredded cucumbers, bean sprouts, shredded carrots, scrambled eggs, fresh soybeans and hot sauce.

Zhajian Mian in Chinese literally means  Noodles with Fried Bean and Meat Sauce.
Lao Beijing King of Zhajiang Mian. 老北京炸酱面大王

Tel: 010-66180788
西城区 西什库大街31号院1楼(近北大医院)
Add: 1 Floor, 31 Xishikou Charch, Shanghai.
Noodles with Fried Bean and Meat Sauce

Noodles with Fried Bean and Meat Sauce

10.Wonton (馄饨)
W
onton is one of Beijing traditional snacks. Often placed in the bowl of hot made soup, which includes dried purple seaweed, parsley and sesame.Wonton Hou (Xinjiekou) 馄饨侯(新街口店)Tel: 010-66537143
26 Neidajie, Xizhinmen 西城区西直门内大街26号(近新华书店)

Wonton is one of Beijing traditonal snacks

Wonton is one of Beijing traditional snacks

Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing by Night Illuminations Tour  from US$33 p/p

Beijing Hutong Highlight One Day Tour  from US$59 p/p

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.

Top 10 Mosques in Beijing

Saturday, September 15th, 2018
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Plan your Beijing Muslim tour? The history of the mosques in Beijing dates back to the year 996 when two Arabic elders started the construction of Niu Jie Mosque ( Ox Street Mosque ), the first mosque in Beijing.

The Yuan Dynasty (1279 – 1368 ) saw the fast development of Islamism after the influx into China of a great number of Muslims. The famous Dongsi Mosque was established in Yuan Dynasty. Islamism developed greatly in Ming and Qing dynasties, adding to over 30 mosques in Beijing.

Today there are estimated to be over 200,000 Muslims and 72 mosques in Beijing. We list the best and most popular mosques in Beijing in no particular order. The list is based on their history, facilities, scape and popularity. Leave your comments and share with others.

1. Niujie Mosque 牛街清真寺
The Niujie Mosque is the oldest mosque in Beijing. It was originally built in 996 during the Liao Dynasty and was reconstructed and renovated in successive dynasties. The mosque has had three big renovations since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.

Niu Jie Mosque is located in the largest muslim community in Beijing. The Niujie Mosque takes an area of approximately 10,000 square meters. Its architecture is a blend of Islamic and Han Chinese cultural and architectural influences.

Add: No.88 Niujie St, Xicheng District, Beijing
Tel: 0086 10 6353 2564

Niujie Mosque

Niujie Mosque

2. Dongsi Mosque 东四清真寺
The Dongsi mosque is one of the oldest mosque in Beijing. It was originally built in 1356 during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). It is located at No.13, the Dongsi South Street, Dongcheng District.The present mosque is mainly composed of two gates, a minaret, a worship hall and a library. The worship hall can house 500 people praying and there is a separate area in the main hall for women.It has been restored and renovated many times. The library houses valuable manuscripts of the Quran, the Hadith. The mosque is the headquarters of the Islamic Association of Beijing.
Add: No.13, Dongsi South Street, Dongcheng, Beijing
Tel: 0086 10 65257824

 

Dongsi Mosque

Dongsi Mosque

3. Huashi Mosque 花市清真寺
Huashi Mosque was first built in 1415 during the reign of the emperor Yongle in Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644). It is located on the west side of the Huashi Street in Dongcheng District.

It underwent several renovations and expansions.The present Worship Hall is the largest architecture in the mosque. The other buildings in the mosque include the Stele Pavilion, the Jingu Hall, Xunyue Platform, the Sermon Room, and bedrooms.

Add: 30 West Huasi Street, Dongcheng, Beijing
Tel: 67120726

Huashi Mosque

Huashi Mosque

4. Nan Douya Mosque 南豆芽清真寺
Nan Douya Mosque was originally constructed during the Qing Dynasty (1644-19111). This mosque mainly serves the Hui community that lives in the area, but it now receives thousands of foreigners each year.

The Nan Douya Mosque has no entrance fee but it encourages donations from visitors. It is located next to the Chaoyangmen subway station of Subway Line 2.

Add: 15 Nandouya Hutong, Dongcheng, Beijing
Tel: 84068225

Nan Douya Mosque

Nan Douya Mosque

5. Haidian Mosque 北京海淀清真寺
Haidian Mosque was originally built in the late Ming Dynasty and the early Qing Dynasty. It is a three-hall courtyard layout. The prayer hall is in the center of the mosque with the kiln hall at its back and the Baishi platform at its front.A square corners pavilion is atop the prayer hall telling the Islamic architectural style.The teaching rooms are in the south and north of the yard. The north of the mosque houses a vegetable garden and the west has the Yidi place (a cemetery).Add: West Zhalan Road, Haidian Town, Haidian District, Beijing Tel: 62558296

6. Dewai Mosque 德外清真寺
Dewai Mosque is also known as Beijing Fayuan Mosque. It is located 200-300m to the northeast of Desheng Gate, hence the name of Dewai Mosque, meaning “outside Desheng Gate Mosque”. It was origailly constructed in late Ming and early Qing dynasties.

In 2003, the local Xicheng District government allocated 8 million yuan and collected 2 million yuan for the renovation of the old mosque. Now the upgraded Dewai Mosque coveres an area of 4,000 square meters, 3 sizes of the original mosque.

The mosque entrance faces the street to the west. The Dewai Mosque is a mix of Chinese architecture and Arabic Islamic architectural style.

To the southeast corner of the main 200 square meter prayer hall is the smaller prayer hall for female. Every day many Muslims come here to pray and some non-muslim vistors visit th mosque as well.
Add: No.200 Dewai Street, Xicheng District, Beijing Tel: 62016131

Jinshifang Street Mosque

Jinshifang Street Mosque

7. Jinshifang Street Mosque 锦什坊街清真寺
Jinshifang Street Mosque is named after the street in the west of Beijing where the mosque is located. The mosque is also known as “Pushou Mosque”. It was originally built in the year of the 4th year of Xuande in Ming Dynasty ( 1429 ), one of the four major 4 mosques in Beijing. It was rebuilt and renovated several times in the past.

In 1982, the old mosque was reconstructed with a construction area of 1373 square meter. The main prayer hall covers an area of 200 square meters in the style of Chinese classical palace architecture. The buildings inside the mosque is spectacular with its shape and colorful design in the Ming style.There are over 2500 muslim households of over 11,000 muslims using the mosque. There are over 150 rolls of Arabic classics and over 100 Persian rolls of classics. The Xicheng Muslim Association is located inside the Mosque.
Add: No.63, Jinshifang Street, Xicheng District, Beijing
Tel: 66036165

Changying Mosque

Changying Mosque

8. Changying Mosque 常营清真寺
Changying Mosque is named after the same name village where the mosque is located. Changying Mosques was originally constructed in the Zhenge period in Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644) and was largely reconstructed in the Jiaqing period in Qing Dynasty (1644 -1911).It was the largest mosque in the suburbs of Beijing. Today it is still an important religious site for nearby muslims to pray.In the years of in 1983, 1993 and 1998, the Changying Mosque was renovated and repaired for several times. Built on an axis from east to west, Changying Mosque faces the east and it is a three-hall courtyard with Chinese characteristics of black bricks and green tiles.

In recent years there newly constructed a separate hall of women, designed for female Muslim to pray.
Add: Changying Minzu Village, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: 65484914

9. Madian Mosque 马甸清真寺
Beijing Madian Mosque takes an area of over 3,800 square meters. It has the style of a traditional Chinese courtyard. The main structures include the prayer hall, teaching rooms and the hall for female muslims.Historically, the Madian area has been inhabited by numerous muslims, another big muslim community after Niujie community.Beside the local muslims, there are many muslims coming from the universities and expats and muslims from all parts of the world, especially from Arabic countries and people from the Southeast countries in Asia。
Add: Madian South Village, Haidian District, Beijing
Tel: 62019208

 

Madian Mosque

Madian Mosque

10. Dongzhimen Mosque 东直门清真寺
Dongzhimen was originally constructed during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). but the present building was reconstructed in the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

Now, the mosque is laid out the shape of a traditional quadrangle courtyard of Chinese characteristics.The mosque includes such buildings as the prayer hall, and other houses and the wing-room and other facilities.
Add: No.6, Waichaci, Dongzhimenwai, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Tel: 64638195

 

Dongzhimen Mosque

Dongzhimen Mosque

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Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

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Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
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Qianmen Commercial Street
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