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Chinese Temples of Old China Town, Calcutta (Kolkata)

The Chinese settlement of Calcutta dates back to the late 18th century when a Chinese trader, Tong Achew settled near present day Budge Budge.

The then Governor General of India Warren Hastings offered Achew land and he set up a sugar mill complete with a sugar plantation. Achew soon brought a band of Chinese workers for his sugar project. But Achew died soon after & his mill was soon abandoned. The Chinese also deserted the place, which later came to be known as Achipur, after Achew.

The Chinese moved to the centre of Calcutta, where they settled in Tiretta Bazar. A market place designed by the Italian Architect Edward Tiretta. It was at this very place Calcutta's (Kolkata's) first China Town came up.

Later on a large section of Calcutta (Kolkata) Chinese moved to the Eastern part of Calcutta (Kolkata) in Tangra, to form the New China Town.

In spite of all odds Tiretta Bazar still has a feel of China Town. The Chinese breakfast is still available for the early-birds in the Chatawala Guli. But the star attraction of Tiretta Bazar are the six Chinese Temples (or Churches, as the Chinese calls it) hidden in the remotest of lanes of China Town.


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