The New Chinatowns: San Gabriel Valley Bus Tour with Tea Tasting
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One of the most amazing sights in nature is that of majestic whales swimming and playing on the ocean's surface, leaping out of the water and slapping their mighty tales. On this 2.5 hour cruise off the shores of Newport Beach, you may see giant blue whales during the summer and fall months or the annual grey whale migration bringing tens of thousands of grey whales along the coast during the winter and spring months. Huge pods of several species of dolphin are very common as are the resident sea lions. You may also catch glimpses of seals, killer whales, sharks and many other marine creatures. With a 96% success rate, almost every cruise has many viewing opportunities. An added plus is picturesque coastal backdrops of Newport Beach, Laguna Beach and Huntington Beach. Learn More
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“Discover L.A.’s lurid and fascinating underbelly on these hip, offbeat, insightful and entertaining tours.” —Lonely Planet
In the past three decades the communities of Alhambra and Monterey Park, nestled in the foothills of the southwestern San Gabriel Valley, have transformed themselves from sleepy suburban bedroom communities (bursting at the seams from a 1950s housing explosion) to the nexus of a pan-Asian megalopolis spreading east to Diamond Bar and beyond to the county line. Fueled by immigration from Taiwan, Hong Kong, more recently South East Asia, these communities have found their identity, their economic base, and have come into their own as a new type of American “chinatown.”
Hosted by Richard Schave, The New Chinatowns is an entertaining and illuminating historical and cultural bus tour that rolls through Alhambra, San Gabriel, Rosemead and (mainly) Monterey Park exploring significant people, remarkable places and delicious delicacies. Join us as we explore the region’s fascinating history, from the land and oil booms of the 1920s, its halcyon postwar days as a suburban outpost for lower middle class Angelenos, the birthplace of the Hula Hoop (Wham-o Industries), to the “white flight” of the 1970s which created the vacuum that facilitated the first wave of migration from China. Among the significant sites on our itinerary:
- The Venice Room (Monterey Park), a groovy grill-your-own-steak bar, still family-run after forty years.
- Browning Realty (Monterey Park), site of the 1920s oil mania and still a family enterprise after eighty-plus years.
- El Encanto (Monterey Park), exquisite showplace of the failed 1920s luxury housing development intended as the Beverly Hills of the East.
- Mission Superhardware (San Gabriel), still run by the Fabriano family after more than seven decades, and previously where Howard
Roach built some of the Southland’s first television sets.
- Site of the original Laura Scudder potato chip factory (Monterey Park).
- Tea tasting.
Today Monterey Park is at the crossroads of economic development. After three decades spent fostering independent businesses fueled by immigrant’s dreams and sweat, the city is looking to bring in big business, which it claims is desperately needed for its tax base. Can this unique and quintessentially independent community survive another identity crisis, another land boom, this time of a distinctly corporate nature?
Special attention will be paid in the route to a compelling side effect of this sociological revolution: the best Asian food in the world is here as well. The tour will end with a tea tasting.