Asia

Rinpung Dzong

For our first post from Bhutan we visit the town of Paro and the Buddhist monastery Rinpung Dzong. Nestled in a river valley and surrounded by mountains, Paro is home to 20,000 people and numerous significant monasteries, of which Rinpung…

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Wednesday, 15th April 2009

Border Ceremony as a Spectator Sport

The road between the Indian city of Amritsar and the Pakistani city Lahore crosses the border through the village of Wahga (or Wagah, depending on which side of the border you’re on), which was divided in half when the subcontinent…

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Wednesday, 18th March 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

Street View Car Runs Over a Deer

Last week Google removed some street view photos from upstate New York as they showed the camera car hitting a wild deer as it crossed the road. The Google Sightseeing team was unfortunately on holiday when the news broke1, but…

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Monday, 2nd February 2009

Weirdness on the Ocean Floor

There’s some odd sightings on the ocean floor, thanks to the much-improved ocean surface depth images that were added to Google Earth and Maps last week! Reader aliosha was browsing the atlantic and discovered a bizarre grid pattern in the…

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Wednesday, 28th January 2009

Kyrgyzstan UFO!

Our first post from Kyrgyzstan is evidence of alien visitation to Earth! While skeptics may dismiss this as some image artifact or tape used to hold different images together, the presence of an image ghost (previously explained on Google Sightseeing)…

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Wednesday, 14th January 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: The Golden Gate Bridge Opened

On May 27, 1937, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge opened, with around 200,000 people walking or roller-skating across on the…

On this day: The Vauxhall Bridge Opened

On May 26, 1906, the new Vauxhall Bridge across the Thames in London opened. This was five years later than…

On this day: The Main Branch of the NY Public Library Opened

On May 23, 1911, the imposing Main Branch of the New York Public Library was opened to the public, with…

Recent Comments

  1. Wayne: I’ve taken one of those half-day tours to Niihau. The helicopter company, owned by the Robinson family,...
  2. Jel: And that’s not to mention the Dutch 11-towns race, when and if it gets cold enough – nigh on 200km....
  3. Andrew Thielmann: Not longest skating anymore: the skating trail on the lake in Invermere (lat/lng:50.493583,...
  4. Allaiyah Weyn: Close to Santa Laura is what looks like a big bloody mess. I wonder what all the red stuff is. The van...
  5. Allaiyah Weyn: I wish I could visit all the ghost towns of the world on Google Earth. Sadly, the van usually passes...

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