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Quote Eddy Replybullet Topic: any problem Muslims travel to Shanghai
    Posted: 18 October 2005 at 7:13pm

Assalaamu 'alaikum.

I will be travelling to Shanghai by end of Nov for business purpose. I think I will be the only Muslim in the whole group.   As a Muslim, I would like to know will it be any problem for foods, is it convenient to get halal food? If no halal food, what is the best I can do for eating? Is there any mosque there? How do I check the prayer time? etc...

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Quote Abeer23 Replybullet Posted: 19 October 2005 at 1:18am

Wa alaikum as salam.

I haven't been to Shanghai but I've lived/worked in other provinces in China.  I've never had a problem getting halal food anywhere.   When I was in Beijing I swore there were more Muslim restaurants in Hai Dian district than in all of California.  All of the supermarkets carry halal meat.   Just like we have the "K" in the States for Kosher, in China there's a "halal" symbol.  (it's just halal written in arabic)   If you're ever not sure, just ask someone in the store if the food is "hui ming de." 

Going out to eat with your co-workers  shouldn't be so bad.  Every restaurant serves vegetables and Tofu  But I must say the tofu is pretty good.  

Enjoy your stay in China, you're going to have a blast!

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Quote Abeer23 Replybullet Posted: 19 October 2005 at 1:23am
Oh yea, you shouldn't have a problem finding a mosque.  Just ask where the "Qing Jing Si" is.  (I hope I spelled that right, I'm forgetting my Pin Yin).
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Quote Eddy Replybullet Posted: 19 October 2005 at 1:54am
Thanks for reply Abeer. Yes i understand "qing jing si", but what is "hui ming de" means? and also, if i go to restaurant (non islamic restaurant) with colleagues, it is alright for me to take vegetarian food, even though the meat is not halal?
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Quote Abeer23 Replybullet Posted: 19 October 2005 at 8:46am

I guess a rough translation for "hui ming" is Muslim and "de" is a suffix used to show possession or belonging.    If I said something was Mai Guo De, it would mean it was American.    

I don't see why you couldn't eat the vegetarian food.    Just make sure they don't put any meat in your vegetables.  Chinese like to mix meat and vegetables.  Also, pretty much all Chinese understand that Muslims don't eat pork.  But they don't get the concept of "halal" beef, chicken,etc.  So be careful, of people giving you meat and saying "yes yes I know you're muslim this one you can eat."

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Quote Abeer23 Replybullet Posted: 19 October 2005 at 8:49am
Ooops I meant to write mei guo de
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Quote Eddy Replybullet Posted: 19 October 2005 at 5:01pm
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.....So be careful, of people giving you meat and saying "yes yes I know you're muslim this one you can eat."

I agree with your statement, that is what normally people say

So I will request for vegetarian food, as this is the best I can do at that situation.

What is your opinion, if I am worry that their cooking utensil  was touched by pork, cooking oil containing pork? Just hope that Allah will make our food halal, Insyallah, right?

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Quote Abeer23 Replybullet Posted: 20 October 2005 at 2:55am

Hmm, I know a lot of Muslims in China that will only eat in Muslim restaurants because of the possibility of the utensils being touched by pork.     This is an issue.  Perhaps you could take it up with an Imam.    I fear giving you an opinion without proper adilla.

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