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Chinatown in India

Written By: Akshatha

Did you know that there is a Chinatown in India?
India's Chinatown is located in Kolkata and is a home for 2000 Chinese immigrants. During the British rule, a business man named Tong Achi from China established a sugar mill in Kolkata. Many Chinese migrated to Achipur, Kolkata as workers.

The records show that there were 20,000 Chinese immigrants during the 19th century. These people created a Chinatown in Kolkata which exists even today. The Chinese communities worked in the tanning industries and on carpentry in Kolkata at that time.

Chinatown is now divided into two parts Old Chinatown and New Chinatown. It is famous for Chinese restaurants and carpentry. There was a Chinatown in Mumbai's Mazagaon but after Sino-Indian war many migrated and now about 400 Chinese communities live there.

Kwan-Tai Kwon

Kwan-Tai Kwon

A Shrine dedicated to an army general

Photo Courtesy: Thebrowniris

New Year Festival- Chinese Dragon

New Year Festival- Chinese Dragon

Yet another sight from the New Year festival
Photo Courtesy: Rangan Datta Wiki

Ancient Chinese Scriptures

Ancient Chinese Scriptures

Ancient Chinese scriptures preserved in the temple

Photo Courtesy: Thebrowniris

The Chinese Newspaper

The Chinese Newspaper

The Chinese newspaper published in Kolkata

Photo Courtesy: Biswarup Ganguly

New Year Celebrations at Achipur

New Year Celebrations at Achipur

Celebrations at Achipur, Kolkata

Photo Courtesy: Rangan Datta Wiki

Celebrations in Tangra

Celebrations in Tangra

New Year celebrations at Tangra

Photo Courtesy: jliptoid

The entrance to Nam Soon Church

The entrance to Nam Soon Church

Nam Soon Church in Chinatown

Photo Courtesy: Biswarup Ganguly

Preparations for a Colourful Procession

Preparations for a Colourful Procession

Preparing for a procession during celebrations

Photo Courtesy: Indrajit Das

Vibrant Colours

Vibrant Colours

Ariel view of the Chinatown during a festival

Photo Courtesy: Rangan Datta Wiki

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