Achipur near Bawali


Achipur is the site where one of the earliest sugar mills in India was set up in 1770’s by a Chinese businessman Tong Achew. The then Governor General Warren Hastings offered land to Tong Achew to set up his sugar factory. Chinese workers were brought by Achew to work in his factory. The Chinese population of Kolkata owes its origins mostly to the workers and associates of Tong Achew. The tomb of Tong Achew and his Chinese Temple built in 1718 still stands at Achipur.