Friendship Archway

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Friendship Archway
Chinatown, DC gate.jpg
The gate in 2004
LocationWashington, D.C., United States
Coordinates38°53′59″N 77°01′18″W / 38.89982°N 77.021692°W / 38.89982; -77.021692Coordinates: 38°53′59″N 77°01′18″W / 38.89982°N 77.021692°W / 38.89982; -77.021692

Friendship Archway is a gate installed at Chinatown, Washington, D.C., United States.


Detail, 2016

In 1986, the city dedicated the traditional Chinese gate designed by Alfred H. Liu, a local architect and chairman of the Chinatown Development Corporation, who emigrated from Taiwan to the United States as a teenager. The colorful, US$1 million work of public art includes seven roofs up to 60 feet high, 7000 tiles, and 272 painted dragons in the style of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Erected to celebrate friendship with Washington's sister city of Beijing, it was hoped the arch would reinforce the neighborhood's Chinese character. According to the plaque next to the arch, it is the largest such single-span archway in the world. In 1993, the Friendship Archway underwent a major renovation funded by D.C. and Chinese governments. Artisans from China performed extensive repairs on the archway and repainted its decorations.[1]

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  1. ^ DeFerrari, John (February 9, 2011). "Chinatown's Friendship Archway". Greater Greater Washington. Retrieved September 30, 2012.

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