"Fresno, heart of California"
Fresno is not only in the center of California, but it is right in the middle of California's heart. It is the close to Yosemite National Park, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and a few hours drive to the coast cities Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur and in the south, Pismo Beach, Harmony, Cayucas and San Luis Obispo.
Three hours to the north is San Francisco and th bay area. four hours to the south is Los Angeles and Hollywood.
The area around Fresno is part of central California's great centralvalley, one of the largest in the country. Agricultural farms dominate the landscape in the valley making the San Joaquin valley the most productive farm land in the country.
Along with its convenience, Fresno remains a very livable and affordable city of about 600,000 people.
It is a great base for those who want to explore all that California has to offer and has become one of the main targets for Californians form Los Angeles and San Francisco when they leave the hectic city life for a more livable lifestyle.
"Japanese Buddhist Temple"
Over 100 years this buidling has been a center for Buddhists in the Valley. It has a beautiful temple and can be visited during Sunday morning services and on special occasions by the public.
Before there was a Fresno, which was named by the railroad about 1875, Chinese from the gold rush days were in the Valley and there was a Chinese store and settlers in the area of Tulare and the Burlington Northern railroad tracks. It became the biggest Chinatown outside of San Francisco in it's peak.