Last month I had the opportunity to visit China and explore some of the most beautiful places within the province of Yinchuan. One of the activities on our itinerary was to explore the Muslim area of China and in this case in the province Yinchuan. Even though the Hui Muslims in China are in the minority, they’re very present in Ningxia which is the city that we visited. We were invited by a Hui Muslim family to their home and we got to experience their way of living. The woman of the house and her sister made us traditional snacks and we had delicious Ba Bao tea. This traditional tea consists many fresh herbs, spices and even goji berries!
I had no idea what to expect of China so I went with an open mind and I was pleasantly surprised by many things. Something that was unheard of to me is that China has a desert that looks exactly like the ones we have in the Middle East. I’ll share more of those experiences in my next post. In this post I’m sharing some photos of the Islamic region in Yinchuan, China.
Muslim Village Yinchuan
The village was quite small and we just walked around and explored the area with our cameras. We went to a mosque and watched the locals pray, there was even a “live” Athaan (call to prayer) performed by an elderly man. I loved roaming around and taking photos of the locals. It’s so interesting to see how we’re different from each other but our religion and certain traditions make us so similar to each other.
Hui Culture Park
One of the activities we did that was a part of the whole “Muslim” experience was visiting the Hui Culture Park. It’s a theme park built to teach people more about the Hui culture. It is also a way to attract Muslim tourists and boost its image in the Arab world. In 2016 Emirates Airlines had inaugurated direct flights between Dubai and Yinchuan to make it accessible for Arabs to travel to the Muslim province of China. The park has their own Taj Mahal and a grand mosque. I’ve never seen the real Taj Mahal in India so I can’t really compare the both however, it looked very beautiful and magical. During sunset we got to explore the grand mosque and I managed to take some beautiful sun flare shots around the area.