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(CNN) -- Mexico City began as the home of an ancientempire and grew into a massive, modern metropolis.
With more than 20 million people pulsingthrough its streets, it's one of the world's largest cities. That big-city bustle brings with itdelicious food, massive markets and more cultural events in a day than anyonecan ever keep track of.
There's lavish wealth, devastating povertyand a lot to discover in Mexico'ssprawling capital:
1. Looking to set a quirky record? Mexico City might be theworld's best place to do it.

One big perk of having so many people inthe same place: It's easy to set a record if you can persuade enough of them todo the same thing at the same time.
Records for the most people kissing simultaneously (39,879), themost people dancing to Michael Jackson's "Thriller"atthe same time (13,597) and the world's biggest enchilada (weighing nearly 1.5tons) have all been set inside the Mexican capital, according to Guinness WorldRecords.
2. Gays and lesbians are welcome.

For years, Latin America's deep-rooted ties to the Roman Catholic Church meant muchof the region tended to take a more conservative tack when it came tohomosexuality. But that's started to shift in recent years, and Mexico City has been atthe forefront.
Same-sex marriage is legal there. So is adoption bysame-sex couples. And the city has marketed itself as a destination for gaytourists. In 2010, the city offered a free honeymoon to Latin America's first gaycouple to wed.
3. You might have heard about the smog.They're working on it.

Pollutionin Mexico City used to be so bad that children painting pictures of the skyreportedly would color it gray, not blue.
Because of its geographic location -- in avalley between mountains -- and the sheer number of cars traveling its streets,smog is a problem the city is still battling. But with government programs thatencourage bike-riding and limit the number of days motorists can take to thestreets, longtime residents say the pollution problem is much better than itused to be.
Another innovative solution debuted lastyear: a hospital tower covered with a facade designed to "eatsmog," breaking down pollutants when the sun hits it. Designers saythe tiles on the facade of the Manuel Gea Gonzalez Hospital neutralize theeffects of 1,000 cars every day.
4. The city was built on a lake.

It's hard to imagine now, but much of thesprawling concrete jungle that now makes up Mexico City was once a large lake.
The Aztecs constructed a massivecivilization there, with Tenochtitlanserving as the capital.
That city, which started out on an islandand expanded to include reclaimed parts of the lake, thrived until the Spanishconquest. After winning the battle for control of the area in 1521, Spaniardsdestroyed Tenochtitlan and built Mexico City on top of itsruins, using canals and roads from the Aztec city as the basis for newstreets and eventually draining the lake.
But they didn't entirely erase the past.That's made for some fascinating ancient finds as Mexico City grew into a modern urbanmetropolis.
var cpro_id = "u1180999"; In 1978, electrical company workers diggingnear the city's central square came upon an Aztec relic. That led toarchaeologists unearthing ruins of the Templo Mayor, an Aztec temple that's nowa popular tourist destination in Mexico City.
5. It's sinking.

It turns out the dried-out bed of a biglake isn't the best foundation for building construction.
If you want proof, take a look at some of Mexico City's most iconicstructures.
The sloped floor and a swinging penduluminside the Metropolitan Cathedral show that the building is decidedly tilted.
Head up Reforma Avenue to the Angel ofIndependence, and you'll need to walk up steps that the city built over theyears as the area around the 1910 monument sank.
Government officials have estimated thatthe city is sinking at a rate of 10 centimeters (4 inches) per year. A recent government report (PDF) estimated that Mexico City has sunk 10meters (32.8 feet) in the past 60 years.
6. One of the world's richest men liveshere.

Mexican telecom mogul Carlos Slim topped Forbes Magazine's list of the world'srichest men for four years. Microsoft founderBill Gates reclaimed the No. 1 spot this year. But Slim and his family, with anestimated net worth of $71.4 billion, are still sitting comfortably insecond place.
墨西哥电信大亨Carlos Slim四次上榜《福布斯》杂志全球最富有人士。今年比尔盖茨重夺回第一的宝座。但是Carlos Slim及其家族拥有的资产净值预计达到了714亿美元,依然稳稳的坐在了第二的宝座上。
Slim lives in Mexico City, and many of the companies hecontrols are based there, too. Even if you're just passing through the city,you're bound to come across his holdings.
Carlos Slim就住在墨西哥城,他所控制的许多公司也都位于墨西哥城。即使你仅仅只是穿过这座城市,你也会碰到他所控制的财产。
Talking on a Mexican cell phone? It'spretty likely that it's tied to Slim's company, Telcel,which controls 70% of Mexico'swireless market.
Swinging by a department store? If youspend any time in Mexico City,you'll probably find a reason to stop at Sanborns, Slim'subiquitous chain that contains restaurants, pharmacies and retail goods.
Admiring beautiful buildings in the city'shistoric center? Slim helped finance a major facelift there in recent years.
7. It's safer than some parts of thecountry.

Many Mexicans used to fear traveling totheir nation's capital, concerned about crime.
Street assaults and kidnapping are stillmajor worries for residents and visitors. And in high-end neighborhoods, youmight find a store selling bulletproof glass near a designer clothing boutique.
But the city's homicide rate is on par withother major metropolises around the world.
And with drug violence plaguing other partsof the country, Mexico City has actually earned a reputation as one of thesafer places to go.
8. It's not just tacos and tequila.

Don't expect to find much cheesy Tex-Mexfare here. The Mexico Cityculinary scene is muy caliente, with fancy restaurants in poshhotels and top chefs saying they come here for inspiration. Pujol, a restaurant in the city's poshPolanco neighborhood, ranksamong the world's top eateries.
But it's not all about fine dining. Marketstalls and street stands serve up some of the city's most delicious food.
If you're looking for tequila, it's nothard to get it. But if you want to drink like a local, try mezcalor pulque.
如果你想寻找龙舌兰,那并非难事。如果你想像当地人那样喝酒,那可以喝mezcal 和pulque。
All three drinks are made from agaveplants. Tequila comes from blue agave. Mezcal can be made from different typesof agave plants and has become a popular drink for hipsters in Mexico'scapital.
So has pulque, a 2,000-year-old Aztec drinkmade from fermented but undistilled agave juice.
9. The subway is fast, cheap andfascinating.

While many businessmen and foreigners wholive in the city rely on taxis and car services, Mexico City's metro is still the most popularway to get around for the masses.
Protests after authorities announced plans to raise feeslast year weren't successful. But taking the subway is still pretty cheap: just5 pesos (about 40 cents) for a ticket.
And it's not just a way to get from point Ato point B. For some people, stations on the city's 12 subway lines are adestination. There are shops, libraries, art exhibits and even computer labsinside.
A pedestrian tunnel between two subwaystations in the heart of the city boastsmore than 40 bookstores.
10. It's not all loud noise and concrete.

If you need a break from the bustle, ittakes only a short subway ride in Mexico City to reach places where you'll feel like youstepped back in time.
Neighborhoods like San Angel and Coyoacan(where artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo made theirhome) have cobblestone streets, beautiful buildings and quaint cafes that willgive you a chance to catch your breath.
比如圣安吉尔和柯约阿钦区(艺术家Diego Rivera 和 Frida Kahlo的住处)里都铺有鹅卵石铺就的街道,漂亮的建筑,以及古雅的咖啡屋,所有这些都可以让你好好喘口气。