As one of the four largest mosques in Beijing, Beijing Huashi Mosque was first built in 1415 under the rule of the emperor YongLe in Ming Dynasty. With a long history of over 500 years and a total area of 2,000 square meters, the mosque is situated at the south of the Huashi Street, Dongcheng District. It’s said that it was once the home of Changyuchun who is a famous general in the Ming Dynasty.
There are a series of buildings in the mosque, including the Jinggutang Hall, a bathroom, the Xunyue Platform, a Classics Room and a Living Room in the Temple. The architectures are kept integrated except Xunyue Platform. After several reconstructions and expansions, the prayer hall now is the largest building existing in the mosque. Once, the texts of Koran were on the both sides of the wall in the hall, but it is not there now. Opposite to the Hall, there is an Imperial Edict Pavilion which was built to keep the Stone Tablet of Emperor Yongzheng.