Collection of Liu Yong (Chinese classical literature series) by 薛瑞生

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Historic ports such as Canton, Quanzhou, Hangzhou, provinces oriented toward Southeast Asia, Yunnan and Guangxi, and railroads have favored Hui networks. Hui Muslims live in harmony. " They li~e to establish themselves in cit,ies, where they participate in inter-provincial exchanges that are facilitated by their high adaptability. Vissiere (1911) found a monastery of 5,000 lamas in Gansu, between Qinghai and Sichuan, at Labrang, Xiahe; the Muslim community consisted of only a thousand Hui survivors, who sometimes married Tibetan women (at that time, the dominant society there was Tibetan).

Dabry de Thiersant mentions that Xian's main mosque, at first named "The Temple of Pure Religion" (qingjiaosi) was renamed quingzhensi in 1315, like all other mosques. For the Chinese, qingzhen designates, above all, a product manufactured by the Hui minority. But for Chinese Muslims qingzhen signifies that which is Islamic. The term Qingzhensi ("Temple of Purity") is not well known by the Han, except by the literati and those living in Muslim areas. Related to purity is the well-known prohibition on pork as part of Muslim dietary taboos.

Restaurant in the 1990s.. Guangzhou's other mosque, Xiaodongying (built in 1866), takes its name from ancient military barracks (ying). Zhaoqing (Guangdong) was also an ancient Hui garrison city and has had a mosque from the mid-eighteenth century. It was restored for the Feast of the Sacrifice (Karban) in September 1984. The Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region has an important number of Muslims, currently some 30,000. The cities of Guilin, the former provincial capital, Liuzhou, and Nanning have a significant Muslim population.

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