The cultural interaction between China and India had begun even before the Chinese traders reached India. Historians mention that Fa Hien (or Faxian), the Buddhist monk came walking along the terrain of mountains and across hostile deserts to India in the 3rd century to collect original Buddhist scripture following the flourish of Buddhism in China in the 1st century. The beginning of the 7th century saw another Chinese religious mendicant, Xuanxang (Hsűan-Tsang), the Buddhist monk of the early Tang dynasty, in India who took part in several religious discourses, struck up a friendship with several Indians including King Harshabardhana and studied the country from an erudite scholar’s point of view. The third monk, Zhang Wen Ming (Yijing) who came to India in the period when the 7th century was on its last lap to study the advanced level of Buddhism in Nalanda University in Bihar but he followed the sea-routes.
Though the influx of the Chinese traders, mainly from Guangdong, was unabated in the 7th century, no official report is available supp...
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...estaurants that have crowded the streets for over a century the famous Indian Chinese Cuisine continue to thrive here
The Chinese not only live in Kolkata, they live here to the fullest. Their participation in Samaritan jobs deserves mention. One wonders to know that many schools like Mai Kong and Pei Mai are run by the spontaneous donation from the shoe manufacturers in Bentinck Street and tannery owners at Tangra.
Not only leather and cuisine business but also in other fields like dentistry, self grooming (salon), carpentry, even in the corporate world as the most dependable secretarial staff the Chinese have made their presence felt by the Kolkatans.
Initially there were 40000 Chinese in Kolkata, it has come to 2500. Like so many others in Kolkata the Chinese community tries to continue in the city – to hold on the remnant of their glorious past.
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