EXPERIENCE CHINESE HISTORY IN VISALIA

The Chinese first came to Visalia in the mid 1800's.  From their business in downtown to their agriculture impact, their influence is significant.  Are you interested in learning about their history in Visalia?

Here are a few places to visit to learn more about the Chinese community in Visalia.

Visalia's downtown was home to many Chinese who came to the Central Valley to work during the gold rush and to help build the railway.  For Visalia that was about 1859.  Visalia's Chinatown was located near the center of town just a block from Main Street.  Remnants of its storied underground tunnels are hinted at by the openings along the exterior walls.

Chinese Cultural Center
Located on the west side of Visalia, this beautiful facility gives visitors the opportunity to explore their collection of Chinese relics and antiques as well as their traditional garden patio.
500 S. Akers St, Visalia
Open Monday through Friday 9:00 - 12:00
 

Mooney Grove Museum
The museum offers revolving exhibits on the contributions to the community by the many cultures, including the Chinese, that settled in the area.  Historic buildings were moved to the sire to demonstrate how early settlers lived and worked.
27000 S. Mooney Blvd, Visalia
The museum is closed Tuesday and Wednesday

The Double LL Restaurant 
Remaining buildings that were once Chinatown are now restaurants, including the Double LL Steak House.  During construction, tunnels were discovered that in pre depression era days led to gambling rooms and opium dens. The aritfacts discovered are on display inside for guests to enjoy.
401 E. Center Ave, Visalia, CA
Phone: (559) 627-1126

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