9/14/2021 9:52:00 AM
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A big green dome and minarets have been removed from a 14th century mosque situated in Xining city in Qinghai province of China, transforming the structure into a regular building.
The discovery was made by Christina Scott, UK’s Deputy Mission Head in China, who noted that the 14th century Dongguan Great Mosque did not resemble the photograph in her four-year-old guide book.
“My (4 yr old) guide book getting out of date. Go to the Dongguan Great Mosque, it advises. So I do. Closed for renovations (which seem to have included removing the dome and minarets – photo from street-side of building in book),” tweeted Scott Monday.
In the photo that Scott posted, the mosque looks like a regular building with a Chinese flag hoisted within its premises.
The British diplomat also posted about another mosque in the area, Nanguan, which is also currently under renovation and in scaffolds.
“Meanwhile, down the road scaffolding going up fast on the Nanguan Mosque. Crescents removed. Maybe they’re giving the dome a clean?” she said.