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Los Angeles isn’t the celebrity and paparazzi-filled la-la-land it’s made out to be in the movies and TV. It is, however, a beautiful, diverse and sometimes confounding city. If you’re visiting for the first time, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the gridlock and sprawl and lose sight of what makes Los Angeles such a unique destination. So before you book your flight into LAX, here are nine things you should know about the city.