In the year 1940 a large number of Chinese immigrants set foot in Mauritius in search of trade business under the French and British rule. They started settling around Royal Road, in the heart of Mauritius' capital, Port Louis and this is how the Mauritian Chinatown's birth took place.
This unique area is home to its local celebrities, famed all around the country. Speaking of few, Mrs Kwok, the most revered fortune teller in the country is a host of quite wise and traditional Chinese pharmacy owners, who have with them medicinal herbs, preserved insects, tea, spices, and other so-called "magical" supplies that are believed to cure incurable diseases.
According to the World Factbook by the Central Intelligence Agency, only about 3 per cent of the Mauritian population ethnic Chinese. However, it is interesting to know that Chinese-style dishes at restaurants and food stalls and Chinese products like home decoratives are immensely popular in the country.
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