China

Beijing South Railway Station

Here in Beijing amidst multitudes of concrete high-rise office buildings, stands the ultra-modern Beijing-South Railway Station. The building was only completed in August of 2008, but is now visible on Google Maps thanks to this month’s image update, which includes…

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Thursday, 6th August 2009

Very Large Buddhas (Redux)

The world of gargantuan statuary has changed considerably since we published the original Very Large Buddhas post just over 3 years ago. The title of world’s largest statue is now held by the Spring Temple Buddha in Henan, China. The…

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Thursday, 16th July 2009

Torqued Towers

This is the Turning Torso tower in Malmö, which at 190 metres is Sweden’s tallest skyscraper. The most striking thing about this tower is that it appears to be twisted around its axis. It has nine segments of five-story pentagons…

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Wednesday, 20th May 2009

The World’s Largest Skateparks

Shanghai is the most populous city in China, and as befits a population over 20 million, the city has been blessed with the largest skatepark in the world. SMP Skatepark has an incredible 13,700 m2 of skateable space, much of…

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Thursday, 12th March 2009

The world’s largest Russian doll

Matryoshkas, or Russian dolls, are sets of wooden figures of decreasing sizes placed one inside the other. With a Russian name and a long Russian history, you might be slightly surprised to discover that the world’s largest Russian doll, is…

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Thursday, 8th January 2009

Battle of the World’s Largest Observation Wheels

The Singapore Flyer is a 150 metre-tall observation wheel located on Marina Bay, overlooking Singapore’s city centre – and for the moment, it holds the title of the world’s largest observation wheel. The next tallest observation wheel is the Star…

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Monday, 22nd December 2008
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Previously on Google Sightseeing

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…

Google Sightseeing writer set to climb Africa’s tallest volcano

Two years ago our very own Noel Ballantyne wrote an article for Volcano Week 5 about Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant…

On this day: Mount Washington Cog Railway Opened

All Aboard! On this day 145 years ago, the cog railway opened on Mount Washington, allowing an easy route for…

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