Chiang Mai, Thailand

The city of Chiang Mai, founded in April of 1296, was once a capital city protected by a powerful defensive wall, surrounded by a square moat. Although most of the inner wall has since been destroyed, some of it still…

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Monday, 3rd May 2010

The Bataan Cross

At the summit of Mt. Samat, Philippines, there is a shrine dedicated to the Filipino and American soldiers of WW2 who surrendered to the Japanese, and were forced to walk in what later became known as the Bataan Death March.…

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Monday, 12th April 2010

The Hollywood Sign

The world famous Hollywood Sign is an internationally recognised symbol of American heritage and culture. While best known for its many television and movie cameos, the sign itself has a long history, and has undergone a few nips and tucks…

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Tuesday, 23rd February 2010

Karnak Temple Complex

After the Pyramids of Giza, Egypt’s next most visited historical site is the Karnak temple complex just outside Luxor. Karnak was constructed over a period of 1300 years by approximately 30 different pharaohs, and eventually grew to become a collection…

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Tuesday, 23rd June 2009

Wadi Rum (Desert Week 2)

Welcome to the second annual GSS Desert Week! In time-honoured tradition, we’ll mostly be posting about deserts. For about a week! The beautiful Wadi Rum is a mere 720 square km desert valley located in the southern part of Jordan.…

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Thursday, 18th June 2009

Hạ Long Bay, Vietnam

In the north of Vietnam, a few hours east of the capitol, Hanoi, lies a beautiful area known as Hạ Long Bay. Hạ Long, which can be directly translated as “Bay of Descending Dragons”, comprises just under 2000 islands, only…

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Monday, 11th May 2009
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Welcome to Google Sightseeing

Google Sightseeing takes you on a tour of the world as seen from satellite, using the free Google Earth program, or Google Maps in your web browser. Our team of authors present weird and wonderful sights as suggested by readers.

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Volcanoes of the Northern Marianas (Volcano Week 7)

The Mariana Islands are part of a great submerged mountain range that extends all the way from Guam north to Japan. While the southern Marianas are known worldwide as tourist destinations, the uninhabited northernmost islands are actually a long string of active volcanoes fed by the subduction of the Pacific Plate into the Mariana Trench, the deepest location on Earth.

Quirky Border Towns of North America

Have you ever walked through the front door of a building in one country and walked out the back door…

Sakura-jima (Volcano Week 7)

Once a volcanic island centered in Japan’s Kagoshima Bay, during an eruption in 1914 the Sakura-jima volcano decided to change…

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