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Tangra, Kolkata – India’s China Town

A small, hustling bustling place in Kolkata, Tangra; is popularity known as India’s China Town. The area in Kolkata homes the largest community of Chinese people in India. As soon as you enter Tangra, Kolkata, you will feel as if you have been transported to the busy little streets of China itself.

Tangra, Kolkata - India's China Town
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The best place in Kolkata for authentic Chinese cuisine, there are over 100 small restaurants in Tangra which are run by the Chinese families themselves. These restaurants have been running for generations by the families, and they offer good quality, affordably priced Chinese cuisine.

Why should you visit Tangra?

This is the perfect place to visit for those who have a keen interest in Chinese food, culture and traditions. No other place in India has such a large, strong community of east Asians, with their culture and traditions so beautifully preserved. At Tangra, Kolkata, you can see each and every old, Chinese tradition and festival being celebrated with the same uproar as you would find in china itself. The narrow lanes, the inviting shops and the delicious aroma of authentic Chinese meals being cooked right under your noses are enough to lure locals as well as tourists from far and wide to India’s china town. One of the most popular and areas of pride of Kolkata, Tangra is a must visit when you are in Kolkata.

Tangra is a very popular hangout spot for teens and adults alike. Not only is the place filled with little restaurants offering you great quality food at reasonable prices, but you will also find the lanes spotted with little retail shops, temples, street vendors and many more. The reason that Tangra is so famously known as India’s china town is due to the rich, exotic feel that you get as soon as you enter the area. For as far as you can look, you will find Tangra filled with the Chinese residents, alongside many other faces of locals and tourists visiting the area for its rich foods and shopping experience.

What kind of cuisine will you find in Tangra today?

However, over the years, the authentic cuisine of Tangra has slowly adapted itself to the Indian and mostly the Bengali palette. Using a lot of Indian spices in their Chinese cooking, the Chinese food of Tangra has slowly become even more popular than before, as most Indians prefer to have their spicy taste buds tingled.

One of the most popular tourist attractions of Tangra is known as Territi bazaar. This bazaar is hustling and bustling with locals, tourists, street vendors, fish sellers, and just plain and simply chaotic; but only till 7 in the morning. After that, the bazaar shuts off till the next day. This is the perfect spot for those looking for an early morning breakfast after a whole night out. You will find the area filled with vegetable sellers, fish and meat sellers and various other vendors trying to do their business for the day. However, all the hustle and bustle is over after a few hours.

Tangra, India’s China Town is welcome to locals and tourists, and will continue preserving their rich Chinese heritage for generations to come.

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