We all know Calcutta to be a Bengali city. But what many miss when subscribing to this linear narrative is the fact that Calcutta has been a world city long before the term was first used. For, this city has seen not one, but numerous communities and cultures hanging up their boots for good – all adding to the city’s milieu and growth. The Chinese are one such community, who have appeared prominently on the face of Calcutta’s history and have contributed in more ways than one. In this walk, we shall visit and experience at first hand, the once thriving centres of the Old Chinatown area. With still functional and active clubs, temples and shops, this walk will be a tour of how the Chinese community flourished in India, and what makes them so much like us!
This guided tour is free.