Recorded by Rachel Harris, 1.40pm, 29 March 2014.
The dense tangle of narrow alleys that is the Bafang, eight neighbourhoods each centred on a mosque, is the heart of the old Muslim town in Linxia. Here the noise of the city streets is muted by the high walls of the old-style courtyard houses. The noon call to prayer issues forth from the Bafang’s many mosques in a polyphonic, overlapping, wash of sound. It mingles with the whine of whistles attached to the legs of pigeons flying overhead, the beep and engine roar of a small van, the cry of a vegetable seller, and the creak and rattle of his bicycle and trailer.
(Place on map at: Xiao Nan Xiang, Linxia Shi, Linxia Huizuzizhizhou, Gansu Sheng, China, 731100)