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Hangzhou Phoenix Mosque has been long considered as one of the four most famous mosques in South and East China. It is believed that Hangzhou Phoenix Mosque was built during the Mongolian Yuan Dynasty. A Muslim community was formed in Hangzhou since the Phoenix mosque was built. Though Muslim population in Hangzhou is not that big, Halal restaurants can still easily found in Hangzhou. IslamiChina has summarized the following Hangzhou Muslim travel tips to our Muslim brothers and sisters to travel Hangzhou during a short period of time.

Tour Itinerary Planning

For Muslim Business Travelers Hangzhou is famous in China for its beautiful scenery of West Lake. You can not find another city in China like Hangzhou which is built around a lake. Therefore, once you are in Hangzhou, the boat cruise on the West Lake and some walking around West Lake are things that you can not afford to miss in Hangzhou. After visiting West Lake, you may join local Muslim for Salat prayer at Hangzhou Phoenix Mosque.

For Muslim leisure travelers

3 Days and 2 Nights Hangzhou Muslim Tour is the best choice for Muslim leisure travelers because this tour itinerary allows you to have enough time to know both Hangzhou’s culture heritages as well as Muslim heritages. You are not in a hurry to get around Hangzhou from one place to another. Please check IslamiChina’s Hangzhou Muslim Tour 3 Days for details.


There is no Muslim hotel in Hangzhou, you may choose to stay at international brand name hotels such as Sheraton, Hilton, Holiday Inns and dine at local Halal restaurants in Hangzhou.

Halal Restaurants

The easiest way to find a Halal restaurant in China is to look for local mosque. Mosque is always located in the center of a Muslim community, no doubt, Halal restaurants can be found around Mosque serving local Halal food. In Hangzhou, Halal restaurants are also located in other part of the city serving Southeast Asian Cuisine, Turkish Cuisine, local Guangzhou Halal cuisine and Xinjiang Uyghur Cuisine.


Hangzhou Phoenix Mosque is the only mosque in the city of Hangzhou.

Money Exchange

You can exchange traveler's checks or cash at most banks, and most 5-star and 4-star hotels always have a money exchange counter. You can also get a cash advance on your credit card on ATM machine. The exchange rate all over China are the same fixed by Bank of China. To change money, you have to have your passport at hand. If you want to change money in a hotel, you usually have to be a guest there. Sometimes if you are not a guest in a hotel but need to change money there, you can just say a random room number, but this doesn't always work. Remember to keep the exchange slip well because you need this slip to change the Chinese Yuan back to your currency if you do have this need at the end of the tour. At present, the RMB is not exchangeable on the International market, so it is only usable within the country. So when you are changing money, don't change too much, because it is difficult to change back into other currencies. To change RMB back into your home currency, you must retain the exchange slips that are given to you at the bank or money exchange counter.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2013 11:58