China

Potala Palace, Tibet

This is the huge Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, which used to be the winter residence of the Dalai Lama (the spiritual and political leader of the Tibetan people), until the current 14th Dalai Lama fled in 1959 following a…

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Tuesday, 12th August 2008

Olympics 2008: National Aquatics Centre (The Water Cube)

This is the brilliantly bizarre-looking National Aquatics Centre, which is better known as The Water Cube. The building is perhaps best described as resembling some sort of “bubble cake”, and when it’s lit up, it looks pretty incredible. During the…

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Monday, 11th August 2008

Olympics 2008: Beijing National Stadium (The Bird’s Nest)

Unless you’ve been hiding under a very large rock, you’re probably aware that today sees the start of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. Held in Beijing, China, the celebrations begin at precisely 8pm local time, 8/8/08. This is a date…

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Friday, 8th August 2008

The Donghai Bridge

Such is the volume of new imagery that is added to Google Earth, that by the time we got around to posting the longest cross-sea bridge in the world, it had already been superseded. Fortunately for us however, the current…

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Thursday, 31st July 2008

Ice Road Truckers

Driving across the frozen Amur River between Russian and China we can see a couple of trucks – driven by the fearless and legendary Ice Road Truckers! Although it seems ludicrous, building “Ice Roads” over lakes, rivers or seas, is…

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Tuesday, 8th July 2008

Air Traffic Control Gone Wrong

At Beijing’s huge Capital International Airport, it looks as if disaster is about to strike. As one unsuspecting propeller plane begins its take-off, it seems completely unaware that a large jumbo jet is hurtling towards it, also ready to leave…

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Monday, 5th May 2008
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Previously on Google Sightseeing

The best of Google Maps: Circles, Paintings, and Rude Messages

It’s often the simplest things that get the biggest laugh around here, and when we open the GSS suggestion box…

Rollercoaster Round-up!

We visited a number of amusement parks in the early years of Google Sightseeing, but with improved imagery and competition…

Airbus, Toulouse

In 2005, the aviation world’s eyes lit up with excitement when the first Airbus A380 took into the skies over…

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