Friday, December 26, 2008
Los Angeles (winter time in the city)
Bird of Paradise
The changing skyline and the snow cap mountains
+When Los Angeles was founded in 1781, 44 people (14 families) lived in El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de la Porciuncula (Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angeles of the Small Portion). The population grew, but the name shrank to simply "Los Angeles."
+Twenty-four million people come to Los Angeles every year for their vacation.
+The city flower is the bird of paradise and the city tree is the coral tree.
+Los Angeles has more than 80 stage theaters and 300 museums, more than any U.S. city.
+Los Angeles International Airport is the third largesr airport in the world.
+The region has a unique combination of ocean, beaches, desert and mountains.
+The Port of Los Angeles is the busiest in the U.S. and one of the busiest in the world.
+Los Angeles County is the world’s 18th largest economy.
+The LA five-county area is the world’s 11th largest economy in gross domestic product, ahead of the Netherlands, South Korea, and Mexico, and just behind Canada, China, and Spain.
+Despite its image of an oasis with water and palm trees everywhere, Los Angeles is more like a desert, with an annual rainfall of only 15 inches (38 cm).
+City residents are typically called Angelenos (rhymes with casinos).