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  • Pilgrimage participants journey home
    2011-12-06    source:Global Times    author:

    With the help of the SARA, the IAC dispatched a group of more than 60 people to plan the trip and arrange security during the annual Hajj, according to Xinhua.

    Forty-one chartered planes provided by Air China, China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines carried 13,700 Muslims to Mecca, the China News Service reported.

    The annual Hajj of Chinese Muslims this year reached the largest ever scale for China, Zhao told the Global Times. The number of Muslims traveling to Mecca was almost 30 percent higher than 2007, when 10,000 made the trip.

    China's religious affairs office and the Islamic association provided a quota of participants from 28 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions. The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region had the largest amount with 3,300 participants. The next were Ningxia with 2,656, Gansu with 2,600, Qinghai with 1,967 and Yunnan with 1,406 spots.

    Zhao told the Global Times the quotas were provided according to the total number of Muslims in a province.

    "The ratio is about 1 to 1000," Zhao said. "The ones who successfully gain the opportunity to go to Mecca Hajj will not be able to apply to return to Mecca as part of an official tour group for another four years, which is meant to leave the chance for others to go."

    The Koran says all Muslims must make the journey at least once in their lifetime if they are financially and physically able.

    The cost of the official pilgrimage for one person from Shaanxi was about 31,600 yuan ($4,885), paid by the individual, according to Zhao.

    With the help of the SARA, the IAC dispatched a group of more than 60 people to plan the trip and arrange security during the annual Hajj, according to Xinhua.

    Forty-one chartered planes provided by Air China, China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines carried 13,700 Muslims to Mecca, the China News Service reported.

    The annual Hajj of Chinese Muslims this year reached the largest ever scale for China, Zhao told the Global Times. The number of Muslims traveling to Mecca was almost 30 percent higher than 2007, when 10,000 made the trip.

    China's religious affairs office and the Islamic association provided a quota of participants from 28 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions. The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region had the largest amount with 3,300 participants. The next were Ningxia with 2,656, Gansu with 2,600, Qinghai with 1,967 and Yunnan with 1,406 spots.

    Zhao told the Global Times the quotas were provided according to the total number of Muslims in a province.

    "The ratio is about 1 to 1000," Zhao said. "The ones who successfully gain the opportunity to go to Mecca Hajj will not be able to apply to return to Mecca as part of an official tour group for another four years, which is meant to leave the chance for others to go."

    The Koran says all Muslims must make the journey at least once in their lifetime if they are financially and physically able.

    The cost of the official pilgrimage for one person from Shaanxi was about 31,600 yuan ($4,885), paid by the individual, according to Zhao.