Chinatown is the place of the Chinese, looking semi-abandoned and has the characteristics of other Chinatowns in the world, but appearance is not everything, they neglect the outside to save material and spiritual wealth inside and equity, which becomes buried memories. Speaking of Chinatown, the foundation dates back to the Chinese who came to Mauritius in the year 1826, which formed the core of the Chinese diaspora and maintained a trade monopoly. Chinatown is also characterized by its food. During our stop at a corner store, we found the preparation of the famous specialties such as teokone, soybeans and what the Chinese call van yen, yen niouk, may saw, fish balls or meat served with broth and veggies. Chinatown is getting old. Now in its centennial celebration it was breathless and fighting to maintain its orientation relative to the new urban landscape. Its revenues are declining and all its images will soon be clichés. And it's werd, because a people like those of Mauritian, so accepting of other cultures, can do nothing to stem the rush of modernization and globalization.
This curious but crucial area in Mauritian history can be overlooked because it is barely signposted. If you go along the coastal road, just past the town of Vieux Grand Port, which also has the remains of fortifications and houses, at the bridge that crosses the river, go left, stop at the roadside and walk towards the bay. On one side there is a small dock with a monolith which commemorates the first landing by the Dutch on the island in 1516. The Dutch didn't really colonize because the slaves brought from Africa escaped to the mountains on their arrival. In order to monetize their presence on the island, the Dutch developed the slave trade in 1641 which brought slaves from Madagascar, few came to the island during this occupation. In 1598, a Dutch squadron, under the command of Major Van Wybrand Warwick, came to the island, which was named Mauritius after Prince Mauritius Van Nassau of the Netherlands. Hence the importance of this historical point, apart from being located in a beautiful location between the sea and the mountains.