Asia

Mecca

The mosque of Al-Masjid al-HÌ£arām in Mecca surrounds the Kaaba, the place where all Muslims are expected to visit once in their lives (the Hajj) and where they turn towards when praying. In this picture you can see masses of…

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Wednesday, 9th August 2006

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

That Others May Live

At a Kuwait air base we see “That Others May Live” written on the ground. This is the motto of the Pararescuemen (or ‘PJs’), an elite team whose duty it is to rescue downed pilots – often behind enemy lines.…

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Wednesday, 2nd August 2006

Curly Bridge Over the Seto Inland Sea

Check out this fantastic curly bridge, which connects mainland HonshÅ« to one of the tiny islands of the Seto Inland Sea, Japan. It looks a bit like a tiny Lotus Bridge, but instead of allowing traffic to swap sides of…

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Thursday, 27th July 2006

Laughing into Space

For some unknown reason somebody is carving giant letters ‘HA’ into a sand bar near Abu Dhabi. The 500m tall water letters are very neat but it’s a lot of effort just to laugh into space. Perhaps it’s just the…

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Friday, 21st July 2006

Very Tall Flagpoles

We’ve previously featured Mexico’s giant flags but this is the world’s largest unsupported flagpole in Jordan. Narrowly beating the previous record holder in UAE, the flagpole is 126.8 metres tall, is illuminated at night and can apparently be seen from…

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Wednesday, 19th July 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

Britain’s Beach Huts

It has been a pretty good summer here in Britain (by our standards at least), and people have been flocking…

The War of 1812 – USA

We recently took a look at important Canadian battlefield locations from the War of 1812, as well as a number…

Volcano Week 6

This week sees the return of our longest-standing theme week, which is now entering its sixth year: Volcano week. The…

Recent Comments

  1. Alex Turnbull: Hi Jeffery! That’s Awaji Kannon, a statue of Guanyin which, as you suspected, is 100m only when...
  2. Jeffrey Friedl: If one believes Wikipedia, this guy in Japan is 100m tall. http://goo.gl/maps/Ah472...
  3. Chuck Sears: Hitchcock Naval Air Station was a blimp base. It was decommissioned after WW2 and pretty much destroyed...
  4. Errol: If the USA did go to the moon why have they never been back and why has no one else ever been there this is...
  5. Sarah Wilson: Just wanted to say that I have driven on the road parallel to the hanger on Lakehurst. We stayed in the...

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