Of course, this building looks very … Chinese.

However this is not a Chinese temple or palace, instead, the plaque in front tells what it is:

A minaret, indeed – it forms part of the famous Niujie Mosque in Beijing.

Many famous people have been here.

And diagnostically opposite you will find one of the most famous halal steamboat places in Beijing.

In winter, its takeaway lamb and bakery counters are all full of people queuing.

China has a Muslim population of more than 25 million, and each major city would have a Muslim quarter.

This is an interesting halal convenience store we passed by, next to the Mosque of Chengdu, in the western Sichuan province.

Of course, Wechat pay and Alipay are welcome here. 

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