Chinese first settled in the area of current Chinatown in Boston can be traced back to 1872. Chinatown in Boston as a place was first time clearly depicted in Charles R. Capon's folding map titled "A Map of Old Boston" as early as 1928.
Today "over two hundred Asian businesses thrive in the heart of Chinatown." There are over 50 restaurants and bakeries, more than 15 grocery stores and super markets. Also there are many jewelry stores, books stores, beauty salons and others.