Chinatown in Washington, DC

Chinatown in Washington, D.C. appeared as early as 1885 on Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 4th streets, N.W. In 1890, the U.S. government started to buy Chinatown property to use for government buildings, so the residents had to move. They moved to the heart of the District of Columbia, near the corner of 7th and H Streets, NW. With the increase of Chinese population, now in Rockville, Maryland, the suburb of Washington D.C., a new Chinatown is forming with Chinese restaurants, groceries, banks and other businesses.