Asia

Omar’s Public Service Announcements

In the hills over Afghanistan a man named Omar has very kindly chosen to let the whole world know exactly where he is standing. Just to the left of the arrow under the giant word “ME“. Omar is probably also…

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Friday, 10th November 2006

Angkor Wat

The Cambodian ruins of Angkor, the capital of the Khmer civilization, consists of 72 major temples and other buildings from the 9th to 15th Centuries in an area about 15 miles across. The dense forest around the ruins shows how…

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Sunday, 29th October 2006

Japan’s Giant Snacks

Floating away in the harbour of Tokyo is the Giant Japanese Battenburg storage depot. Japan is the world’s second largest producer of oversized snacks, and over to the East they’re also farming massive Twiglets. Seriously, can anyone solve the Battenburg…

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Friday, 20th October 2006

The Sultan of Brunei

The ostentatious Istana Nurul Iman palace is the official residence of the one-time richest man on the planet, the Sultan of Brunei. Arguably this is the largest residential palace in the world, and possibly even the largest residence of any…

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Monday, 16th October 2006

Operation Human Shield

It seems that Trey Parker and Matt Stone may have been more accurate with their parody of the US military in the South Park movie than they probably intended. Terrifyingly, here in Iraq, Google Earth has uncovered that the US…

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Friday, 13th October 2006

Shekou Sea World

Back in 1962 France launched a ship named Ancerville, which was purchased by the People’s Republic of China in 1973 and renamed Minghua. 10 years later the ship was permanently berthed at Shekou, Shenzhen, where she was refurbished and rebranded…

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Thursday, 12th October 2006

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

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…

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…

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