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Los Angeles (LA) is the largest city in the Pacific coastal state of California. It is home to nearly 4 million people. Almost 13 million people inhabit the greater metropolitan area. It became recognized as a city in the year 1850. A few months later US statehood was granted to California, which had previously been part of Mexico.
Today, the economy here is diverse. LA is most known for Hollywood, a world centre of film and television production. About 30% of the population is Anglo American and European. Latin Americans make up nearly half of the population of this city. It is one of the most ethnically diverse places in the country.
Temperatures can reach 100 degrees Celsius on occasion. It may drop to as low as -5 degrees at night in the winter but this is rare. In general, it is warm and sunny with just over 30 days of significant rainfall all year. The area is prone to earth tremors however.
There is no shortage of dining options in this city that offers food from around the world. Chinatown, Koreatown, Little Tokyo and Los Feliz are among the more ethnically flavored neighbourhoods. The downtown area is home to a few trendy eateries and entertainment venues but it is not the hub of the nightlife here. Hollywood, the West side (west of Hollywood) and the beach areas are where most of the night scene and dining options are concentrated, as well as shops of all sorts.
The Santa Monica area is a popular area for accommodations as many of the beach hotels are here. There is a pier on the ocean and many shops in this area. Nearby Venice Beach is named for its series of canals crossed by small bridges. Many restaurants and shops are found here as well.
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Every year Los Angeles is home to a 5 de mayo celebration in early May. This Mexican fiesta is 3 days of eating, drinking and music. Many events focus on Oliveira Street at the El Pueblo Historical Monument. Other ethnic celebrations are held here throughout the year. (http://www.cincolosangeles.com/)
Since 1986, the LA Roadrunners have been organizing an annual marathon in March. 25,000 people participate in this event. It begins at Dodger Stadium and ends at the LA seashore. (http://www.lamarathon.com/)
For more than a century the Pasadena Tournament of Roses begins on New Year’s Day at 8 AM in Pasadena with the commencement of the annual parade. Hundreds of rose adorned floats, dancers and music fill the street. It is followed by the Rose Bowl and BCS National Championship college American, football games played here. (http://www.tournamentofroses.com/)
Since 1987, on October 31, a large portion of Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood is closed as a costumed Carnaval for Halloween haunts the streets. The activity is organized by the city of West Hollywood and the local merchants. (http://www.weho.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/detailgroup/navid/339/cid/1974/)
Since 1922, the early fall has been celebrated here with a month long LA County Fair. It is the largest country fair held today in the US. Exhibitions, games and contests, concerts, horse racing and amusement rides are all among the activities here at this busy event. (http://www.lacountyfair.com/2009/)
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Both American Airlines and Qantas have flights from Sydney (SYD) to this airport (ONT) with one stopover in conjunction with United. These are the shortest flights, lasting 18 hours and 3 minutes according to estimates.
Air New Zealand and US Airways also depart Sydney and connect with United in San Francisco (SFO). These flights are scheduled for 19 hours and 28 minutes. The full United Airlines flight service is the same estimated flight time as these last two. A Delta flight here lasts nearly 29 hours, stopping in Atlanta (ATL).
An Australian Consulate-General is located in this city to provide services to visiting Australians. (http://www.losangeles.consulate.gov.au/)