India, Oct. 11 -- A major port city in the 7th century - Mahabalipuram, now Mamallapuram, will serve as the locus today marking the meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with China's President Xi Jinping. The land holds rich history to it, in addition to reminiscing India's ties with China for previously serving as a gateway for import and export of goods to and fro South India and China back in 7th century.

Mamallapuram boasts of a UNESCO world site heritage tag and is famous for ancient stone carvings and stone temples of the Pallava dynasty period. A large number of monuments in date back to the period of 630-670 AD, also known as the reign of Narasimhavarman-I.

India's rich textile silk indutry in Kanchipuram was also fi...