Historical records suggest that the first contacts of Armenians with the Chinese and China occured during the Great Silk Road period. Later on, from 17th to 19th centuries, the Armenian merchants established small thriving communities and ran successful businesses in Guangzhou and Hong Kong.
In the first half of the 20th century Harbin city became the center of an Armenian community that numbered several hundred people. In 1917 they established the "Armenian National Organization" and opened the first Armenian Church in 1925. In 1930 the Armenians of Harbin organized “Artsiv” union, which was active for some time.
Nowadays, Armenians from the Republic of Armenia and many countries reside, study and work mainly in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, as well as in Hong Kong.