California Los-Angeles. Places of interest


California Los-Angeles. Places of interest

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CALIFORNIA

LOS ANGELES

PLACES OF INTEREST

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Table of Contents.

Introduction...3

I. California

1.1. California today.4

1.2.The History of Los Angeles County4

II. Los Angeles

2.1. Los Angeles now..7

2.2. Disneyland.9

2.3. Six Flags Magic Mountain.14

2.4 Universal Studios....15

Conclusion......16

Literature.17

Introduction.

California, Los Angeles, Disneyland, Hollywood, Beverly Hillshave you

ever heard these names? I am sure you have. What are these places , where

are they situated, what is their history? I am sure this question have at

least onece stirred your curiosity. In my work Ive tried to cover all

these most interesting questions, including history, places of interest

their description and even parks entrance fees. I hope my work will help

you to get better acquainted with one of the most beautiful state of the

USA California and its one of the most gougeous cities Los Angeles, or

a City of Angels.

I.California.

1.1.California today.

California is perhaps the most unique state in the USA. It leads the

country in manufacturing and farming. Its area is the 3rd in the country

and it has the largest population, of which the white people constitute

less than 50%. It is the most popular place to spend vacations - hiking in

National parks, swimming in the Pacific Ocean and sightseeing in the

cities. Such well-known places as Hollywood Disneyland, Death Valley, and

the San Diego Zoo are located in California. First European settlements in

California were Spanish, and in 1821, when Mexico became independent, it

became its part. In 1848 the United States took control over this state.

And on September 9, 1850, it became the 31 state of the USA.

> Capital - Sacramento.

> Population - 29,839,250 (1st).

The state symbols are:

> Bird - California Valley Quail,

> Flower - Golden Poppy,

> Motto - "Eureka" ("I have found it"),

> Song - "I love you, California",

> Tree - California Redwood.

1.2.The History of Los Angeles County.

When Spanish occupation of California began in 1769, an exploratory

expedition of more than 60 persons led by Gaspar de Portola moved north

through the area now known as Los Angeles. They camped by a river where

fertile soil and availability of water for irrigation impressed members of

the party. Father Juan Crespi, who accompanied the group, saw the location

as having all the requirements for a large settlement. He named the river

El Rio de Nuestra Senora la Reyna de Los Angeles de Porciuncula, which

means The River of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of Porciuncula.

In September 1771 Father Junipero Serra and a group of Spaniards

founded the San Gabriel Mission as the center of the first "community" in

an area inhabited by small bands of Gabrielino Indians.

Twelve years after Portola's trek, which began in San Diego and ended

in Monterey, a company of settlers called "Los Pobladores" were recruited

in the states of Sonora and Sinaloa in Mexico. Their mission, under

authority of Governor Felipe de Neve, was to establish pueblos in the name

of the king of Spain.

On September 4, 1781, the Pobladores, a group of 12 families - 46 men,

women and children led by Captain Rivera y Moncada - established a

community in the area discovered by Portola, and named it El Pueblo de

Nuestra Senora la Reyna de Los Angeles de Porciuncula, after the nearby

river. Over time, the area became known as the Ciudad de Los Angeles, "City

of Angels," and on April 4, 1850 became the City of Los Angeles.

California was ruled by Spain until 1822 when Mexico assumed

jurisdiction. After a two-year period of hostilities with Mexico beginning

in 1846, the area came under U.S. control. In 1848 the Treaty of Guadalupe

Hidalgo made California a United States territory.The County of Los Angeles

was established on February 18, 1850 as one of the 27 original counties,

several months before California was admitted to the Union. It derived its

name from the area known as Los Angeles, already a large community, and

made it the designated "seat" of County government.

On April 1, 1850 the people of Los Angeles County asserted their newly

won right of self-government and elected a three-man Court of Sessions as

their first governing body. A total of 377 votes were cast in this

election. In 1852 the Legislature dissolved the Court of Sessions and

created a five-member Board of Supervisors. In 1913 the citizens of Los

Angeles County approved a charter recommended by a board of freeholders

which gave the County greater freedom to govern itself within the framework

of state law.

|Land Area |4,081.58 Square Miles |

|Unincorporated Area |2,653.5 Square Miles |

|Flat Land |1,741 Square Miles |

|Mountains |1,875 Square Miles |

|Hilly Land |246 Square Miles |

|Islands |131 Square Miles |

|Mountain Valleys |59 Square Miles |

|Marsh Land |28 Square Miles |

The official flag of the county of Los Angeles is blue, green and

gold.The blue signifies clear skies. The green border is to keep Los

Angeles beautiful and the gold lettering "county of Los Angeles" stands for

the land of opportunity for everyone since gold was discovered in

California.

The seal is the official seal of the County of Los Angeles.

The flag was approved on October 17, 1967 by the Board of Supervisors and

flew for the first time in front of the County Courthouse on March 28,

1968.

II.Los Angeles.

2.1. Los Angeles now.

Los Angeles teems with excitement both sunup and sundown. Los Angeles

is a youthful, vibrant city, proud of her well extablished roots.

Claimed for Spain by Portuguese conquistador Juan Cabrillo in 1542,

the sleepy Indian village of 4000 was named ElPueblo Nuestra Senora la

Reina de Los Angeles The city of Our Lady Queen of the Angels.

Today the City Of Angels hosts an assortment of lifestyles and a

population of nearly three million, with over seven million in Los Angeles

Country.

The boundaries econompass over 463 square miles of urban ,desert,

mountain and coastl landscapes. This area is large enough to hold the

combined cities of St. Louis, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Boston,

Pittsburgh, Manhattan and San Francisco.

Los angeles basks in a mediterranean climate and 350 days of golden

sun yearly. The dry summers and comfortable winters make L.A. the envy of

the nation.

Beverly Hills is the world-famous meeting place for the elite and the

curious visitor. Rolls Royces, Mercedes and Jaguars line the streets, and

the famous and not-so-famous stroll these chic boulevards in search of

recognition and fashion trends. Gucci, Pucci, Giorgios, Tiffanys and a

host of other prestigious stores add glamour and excitement to the shoping

scene.

Just around the corner, nestled under the landmark H-O-L-L-Y-W-O-O-D

sign, Hollywood thrives on the creative energies of film directors, actor,

dancers and music makers. Universal Studios, once a combination movie

studio and chicken ranch, is now the worlds largest motion picture studio.

Universals back lot stretches over more then 420 acres. Soundstages,

western sets, Mexican villages, and New York city streets come to life in a

make-believe world.

Just over the hill-thrills, spills and excitement await at Southern

Californias exciting theme parks. Six Flags Magic Mountain offers more

than 100 rides and atractions to entertain the entire family. Visit the

nations oldest theme park Knotts Berry Farm, where the old west in

intertwined with an abundance of heart-skipping rides. And, of course, the

world famous internationsl playground Disneyland, offers fun and fantasy

for all ages.

Dozens of additional atttractions surround Los Angeles, from Magic

Mountain to the majestic Queen Mary complex, reigning over Long Beach

Harbor. Beautiful Catalina Island is a secluded playground where sunning,

surfing, sailing and relaxing are just twenty-six miles across the sea.

The mangnificent beaches of Malibu, Santa Monica, Venice, Manhattan,

Hermosa and Redondo all give thousands of fisherman, surfers, swimmers,

cyclists, joggers and sun orshipers a haven year round.

One of the newest attraction in the City of Angels is Downtown.

Beautifully decorated hotels, bold and attractive condominiums, and modern

high rise office complexes are just a few reasons for its soaring

popularity. The crown jewel of downton Los Angeles is the exquisiti Los

Angeles Music Center for the Perfoeming Arts. This complez is one of the

finest music and dramatic arts centre inthe United States today. The

Center, knowing worldwide as the home of the Annual Academy Awards, is a

complex of three thetres :the malestic Dorothy chandler Pavilion; the Mark

Taper Forum; and the Ahmanson Thetre. All three provide year-round

entertaiment with symphonies, operas, musical comedies and dramatic

presentation. Tickets for most productions are easily obtainable at very

reasonable prices.

Los Angeles Spanish heritage is forever enshrined and enjoyed it the

rustic xharm of Olvera Street. The original block-long El Pueblo retains a

latin flavor with traditional Spanish costumes, the aroma of Mexican food

and the display of Mexican products. This colorful and festive street

recalls the days when Los Angeles was but a dusty, sleepy pueblo.

Downtown is also home for the largest Japanese community in the US.

Little Tokyo, like its neighbors, Chinatown and Olivera Street, provides a

unique and shopping opportunity. Fine Cantonese, Mandarin, Chinese,

Japanese and Mexican restaurants abound in these three ethnic communities.

Few businesses express the tumultuous excitement as does the garment

industry (bordered by Maple and Olive Streets and 7th and 36th Streets).

Here vociferous buyers and sellers shout and cajole about the newest

fashions and fabrics. Sidewalks overflow with racks of clothes being

dalivered to display rooms. Visitors discover excellent buys ib the retail

out ouylets lining the streets.

Another exciting Downtown experience is the beautiful Atlantic

Richfield Plaza, which is the worlds largest subterranean shopping centre.

Two floofs with over fifty shops are located beneath the world headquarters

for Atlantic Richfield company and the Los angeles base for Bank of America

(the location is easily identified be the massive 520story twin black

towers). The Plaza is a delightful blend of international charm with

streets depicting the charmps Elysee, Avenida del Mercado, Via Portofino

and Picadilly Circus. An exciting array of clothing stores, speciality gift

shops, restaurants, and even a Post office and Catholic Ahapel are

available to the visitor.

2.2. Disneyland.

What I want Disneyland to be

the most of all is a happy place a

place where adults and children can

experience together some of the

wonders of life. Of adventure, and

feel better because of it.

Walt Disney

Disneyland is a thousand different impressions from a space flight

to a castle a carrousel calliope to a jazz band. Its flovers and

fireworks, popcorn and ice cream. And its the sounds of laughter and the

sight of smiling faces sights and sounds which youll remember long after

your day in the land of the young and happy at heart is over.

Main Street, U.S.A.

Walk past the famous floral Mickey at the Main Entrance and into a

small town way of life from Americas past. On Main Street, U.S.A., youll

see sights and sounds from a time when life was as leisurely as a ride on

Horse-drawn Street Car and as innocent as the antics of a silent movie

ster. Browse in the turn-of-the-centuy Emporium or ride the shiny

Disneyland Railroad. From the color and music of a hometown parade to the

nostalgic flavor of an old-fashioned treat, you'l experience the joy of

recalling fond memories while you create new ones on Main Street, where

both sides of the street are always sunny.

Whether your visions of sugarplums include lollipops or luscious

chocolates, your sweet toot is right at home on Main street where treats

come flavored with favorite childhood memories.

A fruit vendors cart displays fresh,crisp wares while flovers bloom

eveywhere. The saxophone band entertains on street corners and a marching

band makes you tap your toes. Every sight and sound on Main Street is

guaranteed to make you fell red, white, and blue all over!

Entertainment on Main Street comes in lots of shapes, sizes, styles,

and smiles. Disney cartoons at the Main Stret Cinema serve up hearty

helpings of laughter, while shops like the Crystal Arcade offer keepsakes

to treasure. Or learn a magic trick or two at the Main Street Magic Shop.

Just remember on Main Street fun comes the old-fashioned way you make

it yourself!

Adventureland.

Don your pith helmets and enter the land where adventure reigns, but

beware the eyes of Mara! The Indiana Jones Adventure takes you deep into

the jungle to explore the hidden Temple of the Fobidden Eye. Youll

encounter shrieking mummies, an avalanche of creepy crawlies, a rickety

bridge, and experience a terrifying confrontation with the ancient diety

Mara. Remembermany have come, but few have retuened!

No visit to Adventureland could be complete without taking the famous

Jungle Cruise, which has been a highlight of the Disneyland experience

since the Park opened. But are you daring enough to brave charging hippos,

hungry alligators, splashing elephants and your guides outrageously

funny puns?

Exotic color and patterns catch the eye. Spicy scents tempt the

tastebuds. Whether you unearth gifts at the Adventureland South Sea Traders

and Adventureland Bazaar or track down new tastes at The Bengal Barbecue

and Aladdins Oasis, great discoveries await you at this outpost of

civilization.

The ultimate treehouse fantasy, the swiss Family Treehouse was

inspired by the living quartes of the famous family of film and furnished

from airy rooms to an ingenious waterwhel. The Treehouse is a fanciful

tribute to the kind of lifestyle you dreamt of as a child and possibly

even yearn for as an adult.

New Orleans Square.

Come to New Orlean Square where the Pirates of the Caribbean

willshiver your timbers, and ghosts an The Haunted Mansion will tickle your

ribs1 the hot sounds of jazz and the delicious scentes of southern cooking

waft by s you stroll through the French Quarter. Here youll find shops

offering fine perfumes and one-of-a-king antiques, gourmet cookware, and

fanciful hats. Its all part of the atmosphere of New Orleans Square, a

plase thats as beautiful as a bayou night and as much fun as Mardi Gras!

Sailing by the twinkling lights of the famed Blue Bayou Restaurant,

guests enter a realm of delightful danger on the Pirates of the Caribbean.

Youll voyage past pirate plunder guarded by grinning skeletons, dodge

cannnballs and escape from a town set ablaze by salty dogs. Watch out for

merrybuccanners along the way! Theyre always out to steal a laugh.

Greet some folks whove been dying to meeet you 999 unruly

spirits in The Haunted Mansion a charming place fully equipped with hot-

and-cold running thrills! Ghostly voices guide you through a doorless

chamber past a ballroom full of transparent dancers and into graveyards

ringing with serenades from marble statues. Fun? You bet your life it is!

Frontierland.

Pioneer days live on in Frontierland! Beneath the peaks of Big Thunder

Mountain, banjo pickers, craftspeople, farm animals, and boatmen recreate

the hardly atmosphere of the american wildernees and spirit of those who

made it theie home.

Discover a cargo of history on the Rivers of America. Board authentic

replicas of two ships: the Mark Twain Steamboat, a Mississippi

sternwheeler, and the Sailing Ship Columbia, the first American ship to

travel the world. Guests can paddle a canoe, take a refeshing ride on the

Mike Fink Keelboats or raft over to Tom Sawyer Island for adventures just

like Mark Twain's young hero enjoyed.

Catch the run-away fun on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Taking you

racing through a collapsing mine, past rockslides, varmints, and wild

western scenery. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is the most rip-roaring ride

you've ever hollered, rooted and hooted through!

Critter Country.

Tucked into a shady hollow below the slopes of Splash Mountain,

Critter Country invites you to stay a spell. Enjoy the famouse Country Bear

jamboree, where big All, Teddi Barra and the Bear Rugs put on a honey of a

show! Or relax as country fiddlers, shops, and restaurants serve up god

times adn good food. Critter Country is so downright friendly, it's easy to

believe in the time when, as Uncle Remus says, Critter were closer to the

folks, and the folks were closer to the critters!.

Brer Rabbit says everybody needsa laughin's place, and Splash

Mountain, inspired by Walt Disney's film, Song of the South, is the perfect

one! You'll glide past hundreds of singing figures and dash over waterfalls

and around curves. Then hang on, as you head straight for the briar patch

in a zip-a-dee-doo-dah, five-story splash down!

Fantasyland.

Sleeping Beauty Castle beckons you to Fantasyland where every

corner holds a bit of the magic of dreams come true. If Disneyland has a

heart, it is surely here, in this enchanted realm you'll recognize at once

as the home of your favorite childhood fantasies.

The whimsical headgear found at such shops as the Mad Hatter in

Fantasyland have become a time-honored Disneyland tradition and the

perfect way to cap your fun at the Park!

The meticuljus craftmanship seen throughout Disneyland is well

represent in Fantasyland where the King Arthur Carrousel and Dumbo the

Flying Elephant turn and glide in ornately carved and painted splendor.

What could be more magical than letting a rose-bedecked steed carry you

back to the elegance of yesterday?

Fantasyland is the home of the small,gentle, and whimsical. Take a

smili-sized trip on the Casey Jr. Circus Train or voyage through Monstro's

jaws into a miniature Storybook Land. You'll be enchanted by It's a Small

World, where young goodwill ambassadors singing a hopeful song, prove that

little things make a big world of magic.

The enchanted of Walt Disney's animated film classics come to three-

dimensional life in Fantasyland. Here you'll meet a princess, get a bit of

sare from the Wicked Witch, whirl in a Mad Tea Party and experience an

amusing trip through Wonderland with Alice. You may even rub elbows with

one of the Seven Dwarfs!

Nerves tingle as you race through ice caverns and careen down snowy

slopes on the Matterhorn Mountain the first of the mountain attractions

created at disneyland. Towering above Fantasyland, the Matterhorn offers

panoramic Park views and even a peek at an Abominable Snowman! The

thrilling and chilling bobsled run twist and turns through the windswept

mountain, finally splashing down in an alpine lake.

Mickeys Toontown.

Mickeys Toontown, onece the exclusive hideaway of Mickey Mouse and

all his animated friends, is now a colorful, larger-than-life, interactive

playground for you to explore. You can minglewith your favorite cartoon

character and visit the imaginative, three-dimensional cartoon dream homes

of Mickey, Minnie, Donald Duck, Goffy, and Chipn Dale. This wacky

community is loaded with surprises, too! You can bounce off the cushiony

walls at Goofys Bounce House, get out of control at Car Toon Spin, take a

wild ride on Gadgets Go Coaster, talk to manhole covers, dive into

thousands of acorns, and thn board the Jolly Trolley for a merry jaunt

around toontown.

Tomorrowland.

High tech travel is the name of the game in Tomorrowlnd where

submarines and starships take you from the ocean depths to outerspace, and

the Disneyland monorail carries you through a streamlined landscape. Visit

some famous places on Earth at circle-Vision or the galaxies on Spase

Mountain and Star Tower where future frontiers are just a flight away.

Board the Atarspeeder 3000 for galactic gasps on Star Tower, based on

George lucas'famed film trilogy. The pilot's rookie, but he'll get you past

pounding Iceteroids, spaceship dogfights, and through the Death Star's

chasms. And he'll do it with just a slight blast to your nerves!

Watch out! You're surrounded by light, sound, and action in Captain

EO, a 3-D musical spectacular with dazzling photography and special

effects. Michael Jackson captains a hilarious crew who bands together to

bring color and music to a dark planet. Captain EO brought together the

legendary talents of Michael Jackson, produser George Lucas and award-

winning writer-director Francis ford Coppola.

Comic thrill seekers flock to Space Mountain where the laws of

gravity seem suspended as you spiral through the stars. The futuristic

structure overlooks The Star Trader and Starcade which offer out-of-this-

world merchandise and fun!

After Dark.

When Mickey used his imagination, the result is FANTASMIC! Set on

the Rivers of America, this thrilling spectacular combines Disney

characters, music, dancers, and state-of-the-art illusions for the most

elaborate presentation in the history of Walt Disney Theme Parks. Lasers,

black lights, fireworks, and images on huge mist screens bring a cavalcade

of animated characters to life amidst crashing waves and shooting star. A

fantasy of Mickeys vivid imagination it is sure to capture yours!

The sun sets, and in the soft dusk, lights bloom twinkling along

main Street, casting a futuristic glow over Space Mountain and shining on

candelit tables in New Orleans Square. soOn the Main Street Electrical

Parade will transfix you with thousands of tiny colored lights, and

bouquets of fireworks will blossom over Sleeping Beauty Castle. Before your

eyes, Disneyland reveals another side touched with unforgettable

enchantment.

2.3. Six Flags Magic Mountain

The park's attractions include many noted roller coasters, including

newcomers X and Deja Vu, as well as stand-bys inlcuding the hypercoaster

Goliath; the classic wooden Colossus; the feet-dangling, hairpin-turn-

filled Batman the Ride;

and the sheer speed of Superman the Escape.

Younger and shorter visitors can get their kicks at Bugs Bunny

World. Along with the roller coaster, race cars and mini-prop planes,

Bugs Bunny World features live music and stunt, water and interactive

shows.

Cyclone Bay, toward the back of the park, showcases a

row of specialty shops. Don't miss Bayshore Candy, where you can watch

fudge, caramel apples and other mouth-watering delights being made.

Remember to wear walking shoes, because Magic Mountain is expansive

and hilly.

Attractions: More than 100 rides, games and attractions,

including four roller coasters listed in the "Guinness Book of

World Records." There are 15 roller coasters, including the new X roller

coaster.

Hours: From 10 a.m. daily April 1 through Sept. 10 and

weekends and holidays the remainder of the year. Closing hours vary.

2.4. Universal Studios.

Why just watch the movies when you can live them at Universal Studios

Hollywood the worlds biggest and busiest television and motion picture

studio theme park! Be a part of movie magic with an action-packed day of

spine-tingling rides, thrilling shows, explosive stunts, awesome spesial

effects and amazing adventures! And the fun builds as the day goes on. Put

yourself in the spotlight as you hang out with your favorite characters and

step into the scenes of eour favorite movies. Its the magic of

hollywoodand everywhere you turn, youve the star!

Jurassic Park - The Ride.

Get ready to live the most spine-tingling adventure in 65 million

years when Jurassic Park The Ride brings the biggest blockbustr ever

thundering to life on the most spectaculer water ride of all time. Youll

journey deep into the Jurassic Jungle aboard a runaway raft to face

Spitters, Raptors and the ultimate terror a towering T-Rex.

Jurassic Park The Ride. Youll Wish It Was Just A Movie!

Back To The Futer The Ride.

Hang on! Doc Brown is sending you screaming through time on the

greatest ride in history! Blasting you back to the Dawn of Time for wild

run-ins with a 50-foot T-Rex, an Ice Age avalanche and a molten volcano!

Then rocketing you into Hill Valey 2015! Thrill to the 21-million jigowatt

adventure thats like riding a flying roller coaster!

WaterWorld A Live Sea War Spectacular.

Get ready for an ocean of thrills as WATERWORLD A Live Sea War

Spectacular, brings the blockbustermovie surging to life! Breath-taking

action, death-defying stunts and never-before-seen pyrotechnics will engulf

you in a millions gallons of pure adrenalone!

WaterWorld it blows every other stunt show out of the water!

Backdraft.

Fell the fury of 10,000 degrees of excitement as BACKDRAFT roads to

life! Youll step into a firestorm of blazing beams, exploding barrels,

rocketing drums and more in this fie-alarm speciaieffects thriller!

Earthquake.

Youre in forr the shock of your life: a heart-pounding 8.3

Earthquake that will have you on the edge of your seat, screaming for more!

Its a 10 on the fun scale!

King Kong.

Go face to face with King Kong, the greatest movie monster in

history! Hes 30 feet and 30,000 pounds of howling, growling terror, ready

to take things into his own hands! Experience the ultimate Kongfrontation!

E.T. Adventure.

Quick! Hop aboard a starbound bike. Fell hte wind on your face as you

race across galaxies on an adventure like none before. Help E.T. save his

planet, and when you do, E.T. will thank you personally.

The World Of Cinemagic!

Youll be the star of the show as our special-effects experts take

you behind the scenes for a first-hand look at movie magic. Learn the triks

of the trade and see the secrets of cutting-adge film technology. Join us

as we take sound effects and visual wizardly from he sound stage to the

Silvr Screen, right before your eyes ans ears! Youll never watch movies

the same way again!

Animal Actors.

Then thril to the animal magnetism of superstars like Beethoven,

Lassie and Babe. Its a special treat for kids, but people of all ages will

howl at the antics of our exclusive animal stars!

Universal City.

Get ready for anything and everything at Universal City! The

excitement begins when you check into the luxurious Sheraton Universal or

Hilton hotel and Towers. Then, let the good times stroll at Universal

CityWalk with fabulous shops, one-of-a-kind restaurants and fantastic

street performens. Choose a hit movie from 18 screens at Universal City

Cinemas. Catch the hottest acts in show biz at the Universal Amphitheatre.

Dine in Merry Olde England at Victoria Station. Have the greatest day and

night of your life at Universal Studios its an entire vacations worth

of entertainment in one totally fun place!

Conclusion.

And in conclusion I would like to summarize in a couple of simple

sentences. As you can see, California and specifically Los Angeles is

something worth seeing and visiting. And believe me its not only the

weather and climate. It is truly a place of adventure and fantasy, a sort

of dreams come true. If you ever get a chance to visit this glorious city

try not to miss it. I am sure you will LOVE IT!!!

Literature.

1) Disneyland, 1997.

2) Disneyland today, 1996.

3)Reflections of Los Angeles, 1997.

4)Studio Guide, 1996.

5)Universal Studios Hollywood, 1997.



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