Welcome to China Alley!
China Alley in Hanford, California is short street featuring eleven historic buildings near Seventh and Green Streets in downtown Hanford. The alley
entrance is on Green Street just north of Seventh Street.
China Alley in Hanford, California traces its roots to 1877, when the Central Pacific railroad was extended westward into the area and the new town of
Hanford was formed. Numerous Chinese came to the area, many initially to help build the railroads, but others came for farming and agricultural
The alley grew rapidly and the Chinatown prospered to include restaurants, homes, boarding houses, grocery stores, laundries, herb shops with
reputable herbal doctors, sundries stores, gambling establishments, a Chinese school and a Taoist Temple. It soon became known as a "city within a city"
with buildings lining both sides of the alley made from bricks formed and fired on site.
Visiting Hanford's China Alley Historic District is a fascinating adventure that allows us to step back into history. As visitors enter China Alley
today, they are met with a sense of historic ambiance that is reminiscent of a strong cultural heritage. Many of the buildings lining the alley are
visually unaltered and remain largely as they did over 100 years ago.
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The 2014 Moon Festival is right around the corner! September 9th, 2014
This year's Moon Festival falls on Saturday October 4th, 2014 and runs from 12pm - 5pm. Admission is free!
Read more about the Moon Festival as well as other fun and exciting events on our events page.
Welcome to Hanford’s Historic China Alley June 11th, 2011
We are glad you’re here. We would like to use this site to help keep the spirit of China Alley alive and well. Once a vibrant and bustling area, China Alley is now a quiet testament to what once was.
China Alley comes to life the first Saturday of every month when the Taoist Temple Museum opens its doors for tours from 12 Noon to 6:00 PM. Special tours are also available by calling (559) 582-4508 at least 2 weeks in advance.
Several times a year, special free and celebratory events light light up the Alley.
May is National Historic Preservation Month and Asian Pacific Heritage Month and the Taoist Temple Preservation Society in conjunction with Main Street Hanford presents the “Downtown Hanford East Street Fair” the first Saturday in May. This event takes place in China Alley as well as on Seventh Street.
The Taoist Temple Preservation Society sponsors the much anticipated annual Moon Festival the first Saturday in October. Spectacular entertainment is provided by the Cal Poly Lion Dancers and the Fresno Gumyou Taiko Drummers. Ethnic food and craft booths help to fill China Alley with exuberant fun. Tours of the Temple and Museum include a chance to taste tea, almond cookies, and bits of Moon Cake in the Temple Garden.
We hope you enjoy your visit to our site.