Monterey Park

Monterey Park


Unofficially called ‘Chinatown’, the city of Monterey Park situated near Downtown LA, on the western side of San Gabriel Valley, consists of Chinese American population, with a Chinese-dominant business district concentrated around Garvey Avenue and Garfield Avenue, now called Downtown Monterey Park, though the development of new buildings has now declined. Earlier known as ‘the Chinese Beverly Hills’ and ‘Little Taipei’, the wealthy Taiwanese immigrants chose to relocate to other wealthier cities northwards. Original place of the first Hong Kong-style café of the valley, it has now numerous options of delicious Chinese food in Cantonese seafood restaurants, Hong Kong fusion cafes, and eateries dishing the Mainland Chinese noodles and dumplings.

Major attractions include the Garvey Ranch Observatory, operated by the Los Angeles Astronomical Society, adjoining a historical museum, library, and a telescope construction workshop, the Sybil Brand Institute, earlier a county jail for women, but now a popular location for show business production and movie shoots. Monterey Park hosts various cultural, festive and educational activities like the drug-abuse related DARE program for youth, celebrating cultural diversity with Harmony Festival, LAMP promoting English as second language, and the Good Student Discount Program to reward good students with discounts.




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