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.
The Moon Festival is nearly upon us! August 20th, 2012
Mark your calendars! The annual Moon Festival falls on Saturday October 6th, 2012 - Come and stop by! Admission is free as always.
Read more about the Moon Festival as well as other fun and exciting events on our events page.
L.T. Sue building needs more community support February 3rd, 2012
The group preserving the L.T. Herb store has run out of funds and we cannot complete the project without additional financial support from the community. Help Hanford's history from becoming history by supporting this important project!
"We're looking forward to saying that with the help from the community and all the work we put in doing fundraising, we have saved another building in China Alley"
Anything helps! If you would like to make a donation, please use the paypal link at the bottom of this page. We appreciate any financial support.
Read more: Hanford Sentinel
The Moon Festival is almost upon us! September 20th, 2011
The Moon Festival this year is scheduled for October 1st, 2011 at 12-5pm. Admission is free as always. Special events this year include Hanford Bonsai Society's display of miniature trees, tours of the Taoist Temple and Museum, as well as a special viewing of the L.T. Sue Herb Store!
Come join us Saturday afternoon at 7th and Green Street in China Alley in Downtown Hanford CA.
Read all about it in our events section!
We are proud to announce... June 15th, 2011
Today, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named China Alley in Hanford, Calif. to its 2011 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places!
Visit our media page, or Read the full press release here!
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.