Calcutta boasts the oldest Chinatown in the world outside the sphere of Chinese cultural influence in Southeast Asia. The Chinese community from several villages in South China started arriving and settling in Calcutta, a thriving colonial capital, since the late 1770s. Soon they started calling the city home, with only formal ties with their original homeland. The Chinese in Calcutta excelled as artisans and later, as restaurateurs, and built Taoist temples in their settlement in Tiretta Bazar. A thriving Chinatown thus came up in the center of the city, adding to the ethnic and cultural diversity to Calcutta.
In this walk, we will explore what little remains of this Old Chinatown of Kolkata. We will visit 5 Chinese temples, learn about the Chinese culture and traditions unique to the Kolkata Chinese, and we will finish the walk with a delicious Chinese lunch at Sei Vui restaurant, which is housed inside a remodelled dormitory for Chinese migrants to Calcutta.
Please note: Access to some temples might be restricted. The walk passes through some dirty stretches and by butcher shops.
Start Time: 09.30 AM
Start Point: In Front of Rana Pratap Statue on the junction of Sun Yat Sen Sarani-New CIT Road-Central Avenue
Nearest Metro Station: Central (Please check the Sunday metro timings, if you are considering this mode of transport)
Duration: Approximately 2.5 hrs (followed by lunch)
Price: Rs 900/person (includes lunch)
Walk Leader: Dr. Tathagata Neogi and Chelsea McGill
Please read the terms and conditions of our walk here: https://www.heritagewalkcalcutta.com/how-it-works