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Muslims in NW China region begin annual pilgrimage to Mecca (5)


09:21, October 18, 2011

Muslims in Ningxia going for Mecca pilgrimage go through baggage check before boarding the charter flight at the airport in Yinchuan, capital of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, Oct. 17, 2011. The first group of 332 Muslims in Ningxia going for pilgrimage in Mecca of Saudi Arabia left Yinchuan on a charter flight on Monday. About 13,800 Muslims in China, including 2,656 from Ningxia, will go to Mecca for pilgrimage this year. (Xinhua/Peng Zhaozhi)

Nationwide, about 13,800 Chinese Muslim pilgrims are scheduled to take 41 chartered flights to Mecca for the annual Hajj pilgrimage this year, which will last from Nov. 5 to 9. The flights will be operated by Air China, China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines.

The first group of Chinese Muslim pilgrims left Beijing for Mecca on Oct. 6.

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