San Gabriel Valley


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The San Gabriel Valley is one of the principal valleys of Southern California, United States. It lies to the east of Los Angeles, to the north of the Puente Hills, to the south of the San Gabriel Mountains, and west of the Inland Empire. It derives its name from the San Gabriel River that flows southward through the center of the valley. The river itself was named for the Spanish Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, which was originally built in the Whittier Narrows in 1771.

At one time predominantly agricultural, the San Gabriel Valley is today almost entirely urbanized and is an integral part of the Greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. It is one of the most ethnically diverse regions in the country.

Visit Valley Boulevard in San Gabriel, for an only-in-America experience of Islamic Chinese, Italian, Mexican, Vietnamese, and Chinese restaurants and shops. Visit the 12-acre San Gabriel Square mall, sometimes called “The Emerald City” or “Chinese Disneyland”, at Del Mar Avenue and Valley Boulevard.

As a result of its many ethnic food offerings, Monterey Park has become widely known and promoted as a Mecca of sit-down or fast-food restaurant offerings, particularly in the culinary styles of ethnic Chinese food. The primary ethnic cuisine bringing people from across the San Gabriel Valley, Los Angeles, Orange County, and South Bay areas, to Monterey Park is the Chinese specialties. Visitors may choose from a variety of cooking styles such as Mandarin, Cantonese, Singapore, and Shanghai. Most particular, are the many restaurants offering Chinese style “dim sum”.