Rainbow Tour Experience (22 - 30 NOV 2019)
Assalammualaikum, Brothers and Sisters.
Thank you for the opportunity to share my thoughts with you on our
recent tour of Lanzhou, Zhangye and Xining. The tour was organised
by Sister Mariah Mah, a veteran organiser with experience of over
30 years. Thus, it was not surprising that the members, 15 of us
(a combination of Singaporeans and friends from China), enjoyed
ourselves very much with abundance of food and comfortable and
strategic hotel accommodations to facilitate shopping and
interactions with our local brothers and sisters. What more can we
Besides touring the places of interest in Lanzhou, Zhangye
and Xining, we also visited the orphanages and the Migrant Centre
for children. Looking at their living conditions, our children are
indeed blessed. Visits to the mosques were also on our itinerary.
The mosque that impressed me most was the 'Ling Ling Mosque' in
Gongbei. It reminded me of the forbidden city in Beijing except
that the doors were painted in green instead of red. As our visit
to this mosque coincided with Friday prayers, I observed that
muslims who attended the Friday prayers at this mosque also burnt
incense sticks before entering the prayer hall which we do not
practise in Singapore.
In the early years when Islam was brought to China by the Sahabahs .
..chinese customs like burning of joss sticks n incense was tolerantly assimilated into
Islam as long as it did not violate the principle of Tauhid!
The Lanzhou Museum and the Tibetan Museum
also provided insights into the rich history of Lanzhou and Tibet.
We also got to view the amazing Great Thangka Painting of Tibetan
Culture and Art, the main attraction at the Tibetan Museum. The
highlight of the tour was of course the visit to the Rainbow
Mountains where we climbed to the top to enjoy the views and
landscapes. There were snow on some of the mountains in November.
Some of the members went on camel rides. Not forgetting
Singaporean's favourite pastime 'shopping', we would indulge in it
when the opportunity arose.
This tour will indeed be a memorable one for me as I get to travel not only with my local
sisters but also those from China. I also get to learn their
cultures and ways of life and get to see how fortunate we are in
Once again, thanks to Sister Mariah for organising this
wonderful tour and bringing us together where I meet wonderful
people like you. Look forward to travelling with all of you again
in the near future!
From Aisha Irene See
Asalamu Alaikum everyone.
This China trip was one of my best and most memorable one. The
planning and tour arrangements by sister Mariah Mah was indeed
excellent. The visits to several scenic sites, ancient masjids and
of course the breath taking views of the rainbow mountains was the
highlight. Not forgetting the delicious traditional food. The
visit to the orphanage and the migrant centre was something I will
never forget. God willing, I hope to help in ways that I can and
to keep them in my doas. Thank you sister Maria Mah and the rest
for sharing the pictures.
From Shahul Hameed
Assalamu'alaikum to everyone from this Rainbow mts group..I would
like to thank everyone for making a meaningful and memorable trip
for me. My utmost gratitude to Sis Mariah Mah for being an
excellent Leader and Organiser.??.Thank you again everyone for
being a part of this wonderful trip!
This Rainbow Tour for me is not abt food.When I visited the Linxia
orphanage run by local Muslim volunteers and the Migrant Center
home.The kids are so happy tho they all living in such conditions.
This trip is so meaning for me. Now for Zakat
I will know who to give to. Allah bless you always Sis.Mariah.♥
From Sis. Sarina Chen
Alhamdulillah.. Thanks to Kak Maria for organising this beautiful,
wonderful and meaningful China Rainbow Mt trip, where we saw the
high rugged mountains, rivers, amazing landscape and the local
people. We enjoyed the good food, speed train ride and
breathtaking bus journey... and many more to describe!
Masyaallah! The hospitality of our accomodation and safety were
Kak Maria's utmost priority during the trip. We were spoilt with
amazingly good hotel accomodations and lavish delicious dishes at
every meal. We also had the opportunity to meet and mingle with
our Muslim brothers and sisters. We visited the Masjids,
Orphanages, kindergartens and the Migrant Center runned by local
Muslims volunteers. These visits were eye-openers and should made
us feel how much we are blessed with the little things in life and
how fortunate we are living in a small country with a different
My heartfelt thanks again to Kak Maria for arranging this China
trip and would definitely return if there's opporunity. I also
wished to thanked all of our group individual members for being
helpful and comaraderie during the trip. !
From bro. Ishak Md Yusof & wife Siti Hajar