Sun, 25 Apr | Virtual Experience

Virtual Trail: India's Oldest Chinatown

The oldest Chinatown in South Asia came up in Calcutta since the late 18th century. Explore the story of ebb and flow in the lives of the members of the Indian Chinese Community through this virtual experience.
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Virtual Trail: India's Oldest Chinatown

Time & Location

25 Apr, 19:00 – 21:00 GMT+5:30
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About the Event

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 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 explore their connections with the Indian freedom movement as well as the Chinese revolution of 1911-12.

The walk will be conducted via Zoom. Please check your Spam folder in case you have not received the link or get in touch with us at for any queries.

Walk Leader: Dr Tathagata Neogi

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