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The untold spy story of WWI

In 1910 a proposed Alliance between Germany and France (See New York Times Article ) worried Britain so they sent someone to 'sniff around'.

The story is a personal journey of discovery set in the vibrant energy that is Zanzibar. Susan finds herself in the palace of the great Sultan of Zanzibar as private tutor to his children. She immerses herself in the heady experiences of that rich island. From making friends with her personal servant, Subira, to falling in love with Asim, a senior member of the Sultan's court. Susan delights in the discovery of Zanzibar and the discovery of herself. The only shadow being that she was recruited by British Military Intelligence as a spy. That compromises her love for Asim and will eventually cut the silken thread that is her journey into the exotic.

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Beijing's Hutongs

 

The Hutong, an old-style city alley or lane, is one of the most distinctive features and must-see attractions in Beijing. There are thousands of hutongs in the city, many of which were built during the Yuan (1206-1368), Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. We list the most famous hutongs that all travelers to the capital city shouldn't miss in order to get a better experience of the unique culture of ancient Beijing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nan luo gu xiang Hutong

 

Nan luo gu xiang Hutong

Nanluoguxiang, also named South Luogu Lane, is one of the oldest alleyways in Beijing. It is an 800-meter long North-South alleyway with cafes, bars, and shops all designed in classical Chinese 'hutong' style. With a history of over 800 years, Nanluoguxiang has become a hotspot of attraction reported by Fashion magazine. Tourists from abroad regard it as a must-see attraction in Beijing. With a length of 800meters (2624 ft), Nanluoguxiang has 16 Hutongs running across from south to north; 8 in the east and 8 in the west. Lots of officials and celebs have been lived here since Ming (1368-1644) and Qing Dynasty (1636-1911). Historical marks can be found in every Hutong here. Nanluoguxiang is among the first 25 areas listed as historical sites by Beijing Municipal Government in 1990. With its impressive historical reputation and cultural influences, Nanluoguxiang has become a popular attraction in Beijing.

Built in 1267, Nanluoguxiang now connects Gulou East Street on its north and Di'anmen East Street on the south, Di'anmen Street on its west and Jiaodaokou South Street on its east. With 8 parallel Hutongs on each side, the lane looks like a huge chilopod, hence its name "Wugong Lane" (Wugong is the Chinese Pinyin of chilopod). The chess-board style layout of Hutongs which were originated in Yuan Dynasty (1206-1368) are still well-preserved here which makes Nanluoguxiang become the only remaining traditional residential area in China. Pedicabs are often found waiting outside its gates that serve visitors to the area. Pedicabs are often found waiting outside its gates that serve visitors to the area. Pedicabs are usually found waiting outside which can take tourists travelling around the area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

List of Beijing's Hutongs