Huashi Mosque lies in the Xihuashi Street, the northern part of Chongwen District. It has a large scale and was first built in 1415 during the reign of the emperor YongLe in Ming Dynasty. It has a long history of more than 500 years. According to the legend, the Mosque was the residence of Changyuchun, a famous general in the Ming Dynasty.
The mosque has an area of 1,797 square meters and has listed as one of the culture protection unit in Chongwen District in 1984. The main buildings included the main worship hall, the Stele Pavilion, the Jingu (respecting the ancient celebrities) Hall, Xunyue (looking for the moon) Platform, the Sermon Room, and bedrooms. The Xunyue Platform has been pulled down. The largest building in the mosque is the main worship hall, which faces the east. There are three open halls in front of the main worship hall, and they cover a total area of about 500 square meters. The fourth storey is the vault with hexagonal clerestories. Originally, the lections of the Alcoran were carved on the wall. At present, the mosque is the main congregation place of the Muslims in Beijing.
If you want to see the traditional Chinese architecture of Hui Minority and experience the Chinese ethnic culture or if you are an Islam worshipper, the Huashi Mosque is a very good place for you.