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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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'jiang gu shi'






The writing over the door is 'hou you xian cai'. It means that a member of the household has passed the official examinations and can be regarded as a scholar, a person of intelligence and integrity. It gave a lot of prestige to the family.

'jiang gu shi' means storyteller

 In 'jiang gu shi' I will be telling stories about China's history, culture, society, myths, legends, Emperors and life. I hope you enjoy them.




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The Jade Rabbit in the Moon - Chinese Legend


The Jade Rabbit in the Moon


The Legend of the Jade Rabbit belongs to the traditional Mid-Autumn Chinese Moon Festival.

When the full moon rises, families gather to eat 'moon cakes' and read stories and poems about the legends of the moon. The Legend of the Jade Rabbit tells the story of the rabbit in the moon:

Three wise men decided to test the character of a fox, a monkey and a rabbit. The men turned themselves into old beggars and asked the fox, the monkey and the rabbit for food.

While the fox and the monkey had food to spare, they refused to share it. The helpful and generous rabbit, who has nothing to give, volunteered his own tasty self and leapt into the burning campfire to roast himself for their dinner. The wise men were overwhelmed by the rabbit’s self-sacrifice and granted him immortal life, sending him to live on the moon in a palace as the Jade Rabbit.


In China, the moon rabbit is usually called yuè tù (月兔), which means "moon rabbit". However, the moon rabbit is also called yù tù (玉兔), or "Jade Rabbit", and sometimes Grandpa Rabbit, Gentleman Rabbit, Lord Rabbit, or the Gold Rabbit.

Stories about the moon rabbit date as far back as the Warring States period (about 475-221 BCE).

According to legend, the moon rabbit is a companion to the moon goddess Chang'e (嫦娥) and pounds the elixir of immortal life for her in its pestle. The moon rabbit lives in the moon with the toad and can be seen every year in full view on Mid-Autumn Day, or August 15th.

In another legend told in and around Beijing, a deadly plague came to the city some 500 years ago and started killing many. The only thing that could save the city from this epidemic was the Moon Rabbit. Chang'e sent the Moon Rabbit to earth to visit each family and cure them of this plague. It did just that and asked for nothing in return except some clothes and often changed from man to woman. After curing the city of this plague, it returned to the moon.

To this day toy figurines of the rabbit wearing armor and riding a tiger, lion, elephant, or deer are popular toys among children and adults alike! They are particularly popular during Mid-Autumn Festival, or during Lunar New Year on the Zodiac Year of the Rabbit (2011).


In December 2013, China will launch its first unmanned moon probe to explore a region of the moon known as Sinus Iridum, or the Bay of Rainbows. This moon probe will be named, appropriately enough, Jade Rabbit!


Chang'e (嫦娥)

  A Tang dynasty (618-906 AD) era mirror depicting the moon goddess Chang'e with the moon rabbit.






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