On a small street in Hanford, you can find a large piece of American history. China Alley traces its roots to 1877 when the Central Pacific Railroad was extended westward into the area and the town of Hanford was formed. China Alley grew rapidly, and Chinatown prospered to include restaurants, homes, boarding houses, grocery stores, laundries, herb shops, a Chinese school, a Taoist Temple, and more.
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.