Global Profile: Los Angeles

| October 12, 2013
Global Profile

San Garbriel Mountain behind Los Angles. || Image: neonrealtors

Words by Andrea Love

THE biggest city on America’s West Coast, Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the world. A cultural mecca, with strengths in theatre, media, sport, and fashion, as well as business, international trade, and education, LA is on the leading edge of several growing industries. With a widely diverse geographical area, the City of Angels  has seen extremely rapid population growth since the early 1900s. One of the most diverse of the nation’s cities, the amalgamation of communities spreads far beyond political boundaries and creates a vast urban region.

Primarily made up of a desert basin, Los Angeles is surrounded by the San Gabriel Mountain range and is divided by the Santa Monica Mountains. The climate is often described as perfection; southern California is mostly sunny and warm with low humidity and soft, ocean breezes. Initially a part of Mexico, shortly after the Mexican-American War, LA and the rest of California were purchased as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and effectively became a part of the United States.

A place to immerse yourself in the glitz and glamour of showbiz, LA is home to more A-list celebrities than any other city in the world. Los Angeles County produces the majority of the state’s entertainment output, and statistics have shown that one in every six residents work in a creative industry. Home to Hollywood, the epicentre of the motion picture industry, the densely populated district is famous for its commercial area and entertainment industry.

To be a tourist in LA, attractions are thrown in your face left, right and centre. Sunset Boulevard is the perfect place to start your celebrity sight-seeing. The strip is lined with the best shopping, nightlife, and restaurants in the city and a favourite spot for all of Hollywood’s rich and famous. Along the way you’ll find the Walk of Fame; a sidewalk that pays homage to the greatest names in the entertainment industry by commemorating them in an iconic tribute star. Alternatively, LA beaches are known to be legendary; an iconic part of the image of Tinseltown. If sunbaking, surfing, or playing volleyball is your thing, the beach is the place to be. Catalina Island is a Mediterranean paradise that feels like you’re in a whole other country, with its laid-back ambiance and natural beauty. Of course, you can’t visit California without gracing Disneyland. A wonderland of rides, spectacular entertainment, and Disney characters, it is hard not to feel immense joy walking around the world’s most famous theme park, and indeed the happiest place on Earth.

As far as food goes, LA’s cuisine is as diverse as its varied ethnic communities, young chefs, local farming, access to exotic produce, and the fact that they have one of the largest ports in the world. The city is a melting pot of international flavours, so experience it all!

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Speak: English, Spanish

Shop: US Dollar

Explore: The Malibu coast, Venice beach, Rodeo drive, Beverly Hills

Taste: Fugu (blowfish), goat milk gelato, huarache

Photograph: The Hollywood sign, Universal Studios, Walk of Fame

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Category: FEATURED, LIFESTYLE, Uncategorized

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