13 Sites I Spied in China
BEIJING ( MainStreet) -- Since the United States Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive has reported to Congress that China is spying in America by hacking into our government and private computer networks, I feel the time is right to disclose the sites I spied during my recent trip to China.
Under the deviously clever disguise of tourist, the following photographs were taken by me from Sept. 11-28. Based on what I discovered, I recommend other U.S. citizen spies give these sites more scrutiny.
My travels included 13 airplane flights, one riverboat, nine tour buses and one magnetic levitation train. If you take on this mission to China and are going to fly Air China, be sure to give them your frequent flyer number for Unites Airlines -- now part of United Continental Holdings (UAL) -- to get credit for the huge number of miles to be traveled. Sign up for free with United's MileagePlus.
As Bond-level spy craft is all about the gadgets, I was able to sign up for United's MileagePlus over my Apple(AAPL) iPhone 4 while waiting on the check-in line at the airport in San Francisco. As I did not have access to Q Branch, I picked up a multi-country electric power converter plug plus a triple plug splitter at Wal-Mart(WMT) to recharge my iPhone and Sony(SNE) Alpha 33 camera. Be sure to hide all these items in your carry-on bag, as you may be sent through one of the airport's new virtual strip-search machines, which, unlike the old metal detectors, required you to have completely empty pockets.
To get around China and into government-run enterprises, a Communist Party member that ran under the code of Ford met us at the airport in Beijing. Ford chose his name citing how much he admires Harrison Ford, President Gerald Ford and Ford(F) cars. I asked if Ford had read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, in which an extraterrestrial travel guide writer comes to Earth and chooses the name Ford. He hadn't read it.
In Beijing we stayed at the five-star Hilton Doubletree Hotel, a property of the Blackstone Group LP (BX) . To conserve electricity, a hotel room key card must be inserted into a slot just inside the door to turn on and keep on the lights.
Be prepared for a very long walk past the City Gate and Archery Tower in Tiananmen Square. In the Forbidden City, proceed through the gate of Heavenly Peace, gate of Middle Peace, all the way through the gate of Great Harmony to see the emperor's golden throne. The emperor's quarters and private rock garden are the last stop before walking over a moat to exit.