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China’s Scale Model

A while back KenGrok over at the Google Earth Community was browsing China’s Huangyangtan region and discovered a scale model of Aksai Chin – a disputed terrain on the Chinese / Indian border. Australian paper The Age did some proper…

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Sunday, 6th August 2006

Very Large Buddhas

Seated at the top of 268 steps in the Po Lin Monastery in Hong Kong, is the Tian Tan Buddha – the world’s largest ‘seated outdoor bronze statue of the Buddha’. The 34 metre tall sculpture can be seen facing…

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Monday, 29th May 2006

Jiuquan Atomic Energy Complex

Jiuquan Atomic Energy Complex is purportedly used for the manufacture of China’s Nuclear weapons. The plant is centred in a small patch of high-resolution satellite photography, but I’m sure those readers who understand Nuclear power plants can tell all sorts…

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Monday, 8th May 2006

The Lotus Bridge

Have you ever wondered what happens to traffic at a border between two countries that drive on opposite sides? The Lotus Bridge between mainland China and the former Portuguese colony of Macau was completed in 1999 and is a fantastically…

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Monday, 14th November 2005

Central TV Tower, Beijing

Still in Beijing, this is the Central TV Tower, which (including its antennae) is 405 metres tall, and easily the tallest structure in the city. A race to the top of the tower is held annually, with two laps of…

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Wednesday, 28th September 2005

Brightly-Coloured Beijing Cars

Check out all these brilliantly brightly-coloured cars on this highway in Beijing. I’m not sure though why these cars seem quite so colourful, and perhaps it’s simply down to the combination of an over-saturated image and a very sunny day,…

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Wednesday, 28th September 2005
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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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