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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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Yangtze River Cruise

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The Yangtze River, or Chang Jiang 长江 literally "The Long River" is the longest river in Asia, and the third-longest in the world. The river is about 6,300 kilometres (3,915 mi) long and flows from its source in Qinghai Province, eastwards into the East China Sea at Shanghai. It acts as a dividing line between North and South China.

As the largest river in the region, the Yangtze is historically, culturally, and economically important to China. One of the dams on the river, the Three Gorges Dam, is the largest hydro-electric power station in the world. The section of the river flowing through deep gorges in Yunnan province is part of the Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas: a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Chongqing 重庆 is a major city in southwestern mainland China and one of the five national central cities. Administratively, it is one of the People's Republic of China's four direct-controlled municipalities (the other three are Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin), and the only such municipality in western China.

The municipality was created on 14 March 1997, succeeding the sub-provincial city administration that was part of Sichuan Province. In 2007, the municipality of Chongqing had a population of 31.4 million. It has jurisdiction over 19 districts, 17 counties, and four autonomous counties. With an area of 82,300 km² (31,800 mi²), it is the largest direct-controlled municipality, larger even than one province and an autonomous region, as well as Taiwan. It is possibly the world's largest municipality by area.

Chongqing is said to be the semi-legendary State of Ba that the Ba people supposedly established during the eleventh century BCE. By 316 BCE, however, it had been overrun by the State of Qin. The Qin emperor ordered a new city to be constructed, which was called Jiang (江州) and Chu Prefecture (楚州).





Fuling District 涪陵 is a district of Chongqing Municipality, People's Republic of China. The place name means "Fu (River) Cemetery" because some rulers of the State of Ba were originally buried there.

Fuling is well known in China as the home of zha cai, made from a large, radish-like vegetable indigenous to the area. It is also the location of former U.S. Peace Corps teacher Peter Hessler's best-selling memoir River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze.





Fengdu County 丰都县 is a county of Chongqing Municipality in China.

There is a necropolis called Fengdu modelled after the Chinese Hell in Taoist mythology, built over 1800 years ago. The famous ghost town will become an island after the Three Gorges Dam project is completed. Specifically, part of the ghost town of Fengdu will be submerged, but scenery above the "Door of Hell" will remain.






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Wanzhou District 万州区 formerly Wanxian or Wan County 万县 is a district of Chongqing Municipality of the People's Republic of China. The urban area of Wanzhou, located in the northern part of the district and on the upper reaches of the Three Gorges on the Yangtze River, is 228 km away from downtown Chongqing.

"Wanzhou" literally means "myriad-prefecture", where "a myriad rivers converge and a myriad traders gather" (万川毕汇、万商云集). Due to the construction of the Three Gorges Dam, 47% of Wanzhou's old urban area will be underwater by the time the reservoir is filled. Buildings in the submerged area have been torn down and new ones rebuilt on higher ground.






Fengjie County 奉节县 is a county of Chongqing Municipality in China. It is on the Yangtze River; located within a couple hundreds kilometers upstream from the Three Gorges Dam.

The county's most famous geographical feature is the Qutang Gorge, the first of the Yangtze's Three Gorges.

It is the place where Still Life was shot, a film by Jia Zhangke that won the 2006 Venice Film Festival (Golden Lion).




Baidicheng was an ancient city on the northern shore of the Yangtze River. Baidicheng was also where Liu Bei, first emperor of the Kingdom of Shu during the Three Kingdoms era, died. There is a Liu Bei Memorial Temple and a Zhuge Liang Memorial Temple in Baidicheng. Baidicheng is a major tourist attraction of Yangtse cruise.


The Qutang Gorge (瞿塘峡) is the shortest and most spectacular of China's Three Gorges.

Immediately downstream of the ancient village Baidicheng (白帝城) the Yangtze River passes between the Chijia Mountain (赤甲山) on the north and the Baiyan Mountain (白盐山) on the south. The point where the river passes between these mountains is called the Kuimen Gate (夔门) and it is the entrance to the Qutang Gorge - the first of the three Yangtze gorges. The Qutang Gorge is only 8 kilometres (5 miles) long, but it is also the narrowest of the Three Gorges. The widest point measures only 150 metres (500 ft) wide. The mountains on either side reach as high as 1,200 metres (4,000 ft). This combination of narrow canyons among high mountains with several switchbacks in only 8 kilometres creates spectacular vistas, and the Qutang Gorge is often considered the most beautiful of all the Three Gorges.





Wushan County 巫山县 is a county located in Chongqing municipality. It occupies roughly 2,958 km2 (1,142 sq mi) and has a population of about 600,000.

The county seat is located at the western entrance to the Wu Gorge (巫峡) in the Three Gorges region of China. Wushan is famous for its Little Three Gorges (小三峡) located on the nearby Daning River (大宁河).




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Badong County 巴东县 is a county located in the extreme west of central China's Hubei province, in Enshi Prefecture. The Yangtze River flows through the county and the county seat is located just east of the Wu Gorge 巫峡 in the Three Gorges region.

Badong County is famous for the Shen Nong Stream 神农溪 gorges located near Badong town. The stream itself falls into the Yangtze opposite the Badong center city.


The Si Du River Bridge (Yesanguan Town), said to be the highest bridge in the world


The fall of the Shennong Stream (in front) into the Yangtze




Zigui County 秭归县) is a county in Yichang, in the central China province of Hubei. It encompasses the easternmost portion of the Yangtze River Gorges, including the Xiling Gorge (西陵峡).

Most of Zigui is hilly or mountainous with basic farming and tea production. There are many small coal mines in the mountains, with the coal trucked to the river then loaded onto barges for shipping downstream.






The Three Gorges Dam

The Three Gorges Dam 长江三峡大坝 is a hydroelectric dam that spans the Yangtze River by the town of Sandouping, located in the Yiling District of Yichang, in Hubei province, China. It is the world's largest electricity-generating plant of any kind.




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Gezhouba Dam & Lock

The Gezhouba Dam or Gezhouba Water Control Project 长江葛洲坝水利枢纽工程 on the Yangtze River is located in the western suburbs of Yichang City in central China's Hubei province. The dam sits a few kilometers upstream from downtown Yichang, just downstream of the fall of the Huangbo River  into the Yangtze. Construction started on December 30, 1970 and ended on December 10, 1988. The dam has a total installed electrical capacity of 3,115 MW.

Here, after rushing out of Nanjin Pass (南津关, "South Ford Pass"), the Yangtze River slows down and widens from 300 m (980 ft) to about 2,200 m (7,200 ft) at the dam site. Two small islands, Gezhouba and Xiba, divided the river into three channels. There the Gezhouba Project was built.









The Wu Gorge

Wu Gorge 巫峡 is the second gorge of the Three Gorges system in Yangtze River. Formed by the Wu River, it stretches 45 km from Wushan to Guandukou, and is located downstream of Qutang Gorge and upstream of Xiling Gorge.






 Shen Nong Stream

Shen Nong Stream 神农溪  is a left tributary of the Yangtze River, located in the Hubei Province of central China. Fed by tributaries some of which come from the Shennongjia Forestry District, the stream flows south, falling into the Yangtze opposite the city of Badong.

Originally the Shen Nong Stream watercourse consisted of a wild river traversing a tortuous alignment flanked by almost vertical limestone cliffs; however, since the beginning of the construction of the Three Gorges Dam downstream on the Yangtze, the water level has risen approximately 155 meters at the mouth of Shen Nong Stream.(2006) The lower reaches of the Shen Nong Stream are presently a torpidly flowing river, most of whose previously scenic vertical gorge is now submerged. By the completion of the dam construction in 2009, a further 20 meters of gorge will be inundated. Shen Nong Stream is also known by its Chinese name of "Shen Nong Xi".







Xiling Gorge

Xiling Gorge 西陵峡 is a gorge on the Yangtze River in China. It is located in Zigui County and Yiling District of Hubei Province, from Xiangxi[1] down to the western suburbs of Yichang, and is the largest and furthest downstream of the Three Gorges (三峽). It is named after Mt. Xiling.

The Xiling Gorge, around half the length of the Three Gorges, is actually a series of four different gorges: Precious Sword, Horse Lung & Ox Liver, Soundless Bell, and Shadow Play Gorges. Before the construction of the Three Gorges Dam and Gezhouba Dam, it was known for being the most dangerous of the three gorges to travel through, with frightening whirlpools and strong rapids.










Jingzhou 荆州 is a prefecture-level city in the Hubei province of the People's Republic of China, on the banks of the Yangtze River (Chang Jiang). Population (municipality): 6.3 million. Urban population: 1.56 million.






Yueyang 岳阳 is a prefecture-level city in the Hunan province of China, on the shores of Dongting Lake.

The Yueyang metropolitan area occupies 5,799 sq mi (15,020 km2). and the city proper occupies 318 sq mi (820 km2). The population is 5,100,000.

The city's most famous attraction is the Yueyang Tower (岳阳楼 Yuèyánglóu).



The Yueyang Tower





Wuhan 武汉 is the capital of Hubei province, People's Republic of China, and is the most populous city in central China. It lies at the east of Jianghan Plain, and the intersection of the middle reaches of the Yangtze and Han River. Arising out of the conglomeration of three boroughs, Wuchang, Hankou, and Hanyang, Wuhan is known as "the nine provinces' leading thoroughfare"; it is a major transportation hub, with dozens of railways, roads and expressways passing through the city. The city of Wuhan, first termed as such in 1927, has a population of approximately 9,100,000 people (2006), with about 6,100,000 residents in its urban area.

In the 1920s, Wuhan was the capital of a leftist Kuomintang (KMT) government led by Wang Jingwei in opposition to Chiang Kai-shek, now Wuhan is recognized as the political, economic, financial, cultural, educational and transportation center of central China.



The Yellow Crane Tower





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