Visit to Qingjing Mosque, Kaiyuan Temple

TEHRAN, Jun. 25 (MNA) – The delegates participating the 2018 edition of 'One-Belt One-Road Journalist Forum' were taken to Quanzhou, in a 70 kilometer distance from Xiamen, on Saturday June 23. They paid a visit to the Qingjing Mosque in the center of Tumen Street in Quanzhou.

Also known as the Ashab Mosque, Qingjing Mosque has an area of 2,500 square meters, and was initially built in 1009 by Arab merchants living in Islamic communities of the region back in the time of the Song Dynasty (960-1279). Today it is the oldest Arab-style mosque in China.

Kaiyuan Temple was the next stop during the tour on Saturday; it is a Buddhist temple in West Street, Quanzhou, China, the largest in Fujian province with an area of 78,000 square metres (840,000 sq ft). Although it is known as a "Hindu-Buddhist temple", on account of added Tamil-Hindu influences, the main statue in the most important hall is that of Vairocana Buddha, the main Buddha according to Huayan Buddhism. What is now called the Mahavira Hall (Mahavira = the Great and Strong) is in fact the Vairocana Hall.

The visit to Fujian is in a bid to contribute to the construction of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road as the Chinese believe that the port was the starting point for the ancient maritime Silk Road and it now shoulders the responsibility of promoting South Fujian culture, and strengthening institutional and people-to-people connectivity

The local and national authorities are aiming to increase the popularity of Xiamen's tourism industry and attract more foreign visitors to Xiamen. By integrating various advantageous resources, Xiamen will gradually develop all-for-one tourism based on cultures in Xiamen, Zhangzhou, and Quanzhou.

The 2018 edition of the 'One-Belt One-Road Journalist Forum' kicked off on Tuesday June 19 in Beijing and will come to an end on Tuesday June 26. Hosting more than 100 delegates from 52 countries and regions of the world, the second edition of event sees a triple extension from the first edition in 2017 where only 30 delegates attended the forum.

Mehr News Agency is the only Iranian media institution attending the 8 day event, covering the opening ceremony and offering reports on the international gathering.

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