AS DARKNESS STARTS to choose Duanjiaping village, a couple of males in white skullcaps head towards a big mosque. It is time for the Maghrib, the fourth of the 5 everyday petitions of sincere Muslims. It is clear even prior to they reach the building’s high yellow walls that all is not. The prayer-hall’s four turrets, covered by golden crescent moons, are still a towering spots. However they are covered in scaffolding as well as green netting (see picture), and also they are not due for repair.It is less than 6 years because thousands of Muslim males collected in the mosque’s courtyard to commemorate the completion of its new Arab-style petition hall. It had expense 9.8 m yuan($1.37 m)– a clean sum in a county that is officially categorized as poor. The festivities had official true blessing. The imam of one of one of the most crucial mosques in Lanzhou, the provincial resources, was there. Also was a senior leader of the government-backed Islamic Association of China.Get our day-to-day e-newsletter Update your inboxand obtain our Daily Dispatch

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