Asia

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

Shaolin Reservoir

Many believe that Shaolin Kung-Fu originated at the world-famous Shaolin Monastery but it is a little known fact that the nearby Shaolin Reservoir, is the true Kung-Fu mecca. OK, I made that up – the monastery is in a low…

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Monday, 2nd October 2006

Iwo Jima (Island Week)

(It’s Island Week all this week at GGSS, which means we’ll mostly be posting about Islands. Catchy name, huh?) The tiny volcanic island of Iwo Jima, part of the Ogasawara Islands, is just over 1000km south of Tokyo. It was…

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Monday, 28th August 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

Monument Valley

Monument Valley, located along the Utah – Arizona border, is in the Colorado plateau (an area containing deserts, forests, mountains…

MLB Stadium Tour – American League

With Major League Baseball having recently paused for its mid-season All Star Game break, this is the first of a…

London 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics (Part 2)

Continuing our tour of Olympic venues, we today move away from the Olympic Zone, to two other areas of London:…

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