Asia

Fat Planes

Invasion of the fat planes! There’s a really fat green plane at Heathrow (which looks a little like Thunderbird 2)… And at Hong Kong International, there’s some sort of fat pink alien spacecraft! (Or these might be fire training aircraft…

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Friday, 2nd June 2006

Dohuk Dam

Taking its name from the nearby city of Dohuk, also spelled Dahuk, Dohuk Dam supplies the city with drinking water and has a 45m wide Kurdistan flag painted onto the Dam. Top to bottom the flag is red, white and…

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Tuesday, 30th May 2006

Very Large Buddhas

Seated at the top of 268 steps in the Po Lin Monastery in Hong Kong, is the Tian Tan Buddha – the world’s largest ‘seated outdoor bronze statue of the Buddha’. The 34 metre tall sculpture can be seen facing…

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Monday, 29th May 2006

Juhu Garden Plane

It looks like the pilot of a small aircraft has crashed into Juhu garden in Mumbai! Actually, it turns out that this plane has never flown: it has no engine and is made of concrete, which I hear is not…

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Thursday, 25th May 2006

Jiuquan Atomic Energy Complex

Jiuquan Atomic Energy Complex is purportedly used for the manufacture of China’s Nuclear weapons. The plant is centred in a small patch of high-resolution satellite photography, but I’m sure those readers who understand Nuclear power plants can tell all sorts…

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Monday, 8th May 2006

World’s Largest Football?

Here in Niigata, Japan, we can see what may well be the world’s largest football! Presumably it’s a gas tank of some sort – can anyone translate the japanese? It’s likely that this ball was decorated for the 2002 World…

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Wednesday, 5th April 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

The Architecture of Daniel Libeskind

Daniel Libeskind is an American architect known for his bold and unconventional designs for buildings which often significantly (and controversially)…

Trollstigen (Troll’s path)

In a country renowned for its natural beauty, one of the most spectacular landscapes is found along the Trollstigen (Troll’s…

Fill ‘er Up!

In the early days of mass automotive travel, fuel stations often resorted to some wacky gimmicks to differentiate themselves from the pack and lure in customers, such as novelty architecture that made the station building even more of a roadside attraction than the fuel they were selling. Today, many of these wacky 1930s-era stations are icons to thousands of visitors every year.

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