This will be my last entry about my Beijing trip.. i am not usually like this when it comes to updating my travel entry but i guess this time around i was a little lazy.. all i wanna do all day long with my little Sonia was chill.. i guess my Beijing trip was a well needed break.. am contented... :o)
So ok lets get on with this last entry... right after visiting The Great Wall of China.. our driver took us to the oldest mosque in Beijing.. all u need to do is to google up the address and show it to ur driver.. we didnt hv to do that with our driver cos he knew exactly where it was...
Took us almost 3hrs to get there and first thing that i noticed while on our way there was a big tour bus full with chinese muslim women.. i knew our driver was sure of where he was going after i saw a couple more muslim ppl walking down the road..
Niu Jie (Ox Street) mosque... built in 995 is Beijing's largest and oldest mosque..
According to wikipedia.com, Islam was brought to China by an envoy sent by Uthman, the third Caliph in 651 AD.. less than 20yrs after the death of prophet Muhammad saw. The envoy was Sa'd ibn Abi Waggas, the maternal uncle of the prophet. Emperor Gaozong, the Tang emperor who rcvd the envoy then ordered the construction of the Memorial Mosque in Kwantung, the first mosque in the country, in memory of the prophet.
Theres a small courtyard on the south side that contains two Muslim preachers who came fm ancient Persia.. tomb of Ahmad Burdani built in 1320 and also tomb of Ali in 1283 bear Arabic inscriptions.
When we got there.. it was an hr bef Asar prayer and there were already a few local men waiting around the courtyard.. there were also a few tourists around the museum area..
Hb got the chance to sholat zohor and also sholat asar berjemaah there.. lucky him!
There is a two storey obelisk in the centre of the couryard (calling tower).. its for the imams to call Muslims to prayer..
A small garden next to the prayer hall.. i stayed here with Sonia while hb was praying.. (dont gv me that look.. i am excused ok! hehe)
Around the NiuJie street there were a few halal restaurants namely Donglaishun, Jubaoyuan and also Zhengxingde Tea Hse.
There are many muslim snack shops here as Niujie is popular with snack food.. we had our so called late lunch aka early dinner here.. queuing just to buy back their cooked sheep and beef..
Yep the pic on the left was obviously the food that they queued for.. Dessert counter on the top right.. tofu jelly, fried tofu, candy, fried bagel, pancakes, honeycomb cake etc etc etc which i didnt even feel like trying lol.. the pic on the bottom right is the food that hb ordered.. fried noodles (flour noodles) with beef.. i ordered soupy beef noodles which i ended up not eating.. honestly?? i dont even know why i couldnt eat it.. the smell of beef and sheep is too overwhelming and the noodles.. urghhhh i wished they served rice noodles or even our typical yellow noodles instead :o(
Sonia and hb finished all the food.. am so glad that Sonia wasnt as fussy as her mama tsk.. tsk.. bad example Rima!! grrr
Bef i go.. anyone wanna buy an industrial KA mixer for under S$700..(before tax-back!) yep hb nearly got me one... i had to keep on reminding him that i dont own a cafe so no need for the industrial type of KA aahhaha.. reason reason.. typical me.. i hate it if money goes out of the window.. am happy with my KA for now and if i do wanna get an industrial KA.. i will definately be buying it fm HEC Beijing hahaha (any kitchen lover will love HEC cos they got everything... its a 3 storey outlet and when i say everything.. i mean E V E R Y T H I N G hahaha.. they even got all sorts of hotel detergents lol) .. i walked out of HEC "only" S$150 poorer :op