Asia

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

Auroville

Auroville is an experimental town and self-proclaimed “universal city in the making” near the South-Indian city of Puducherry1. Built around a massive gold-plated meditation dome known as the Matrimandir, Auroville was created in hopes that it would be a model…

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Tuesday, 5th May 2009

Tokyo’s Towers of Wind(s)

Tokyo has two structures, apparently unrelated, with very similar names – the Tower of Wind and the Tower of Winds. The Tower of Wind (singular, known locally as Kaze no Tō) is a spectacular structure in Tokyo Harbour consisting of…

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Friday, 1st May 2009

Maharashtra Coastal Forts

The western Indian state of Maharashtra has more than 80 strategically-located coastal forts – the result of a long history of warfare in which it faced threats from other Indian emperors and a number of colonial invaders. One of the…

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Monday, 27th April 2009

World’s Largest Sundial

Jantar Mantar is a centuries old astronomical observatory that sets the world’s record for the having the largest sundial, which stands at over 27 meters tall.

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Thursday, 23rd April 2009

This Earth Day, Spare a Tree

It’s Earth Day today, an event designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. To celebrate, we’re looking at the unlikely survival of a very tiny piece of nature in the heart of one of the world’s largest…

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Wednesday, 22nd April 2009

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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Previously on Google Sightseeing

On this day: First World Cup Final

Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaalllllllll!!!!! On July 30, 1930, Uruguay beat Argentina 4-2 to win the first World Cup Final at the Estadio Centenario…

On this day: The Arc de Triomphe Was Inaugurated

On July 29, 1836, the Arc de Triomphe was inaugurated after a lengthy construction process. The Tomb of the Unknown…

On this day: Fire at Weston-Super-Mare’s Grand Pier

On July 28, 2008, the Grand Pier at Weston-Super-Mare burned down. This classic seaside icon dates from 1904 but had…

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