Asia

Naypyidaw, An Unconventional Capital

In 2005, the military government of Burma (Myanmar) made one of its most curious moves yet when it gave its ministerial officials less than a day’s notice that they were to pack up and move to a new capital almost 400 km north of the old capital, Rangoon, under threat of arrest or imprisonment. The government had secretly been constructing a capital in the middle of the nowhere called Naypyidaw; a way for the government to escape the congestion and chaos of Rangoon in a purpose-built capital in which everything would be under their control. Naypyidaw covers a sprawling 4,800 km2 – that’s 78 times the size of Manhattan!

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Wednesday, 5th October 2011

The best of Google Maps: Circles, Paintings, and Rude Messages

It’s often the simplest things that get the biggest laugh around here, and when we open the GSS suggestion box it’s easy to get overwhelmed with small zingers that get a nice chuckle. So that’s just what we did for…

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Thursday, 29th September 2011

Decadent Dubai on hold

Here at Google Sightseeing we’re fond of the excesses that are common in the oil-rich city of Dubai.1 Before the recent recession, money flowed so freely that even utilitarian structures were built larger than anywhere else on the planet. One…

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Friday, 23rd September 2011

Top 5 Busiest Airports of 2011

Spend any time browsing Google Maps or Earth and you’ll soon spot an airport – they’re usually easy to spot thanks to their massive size. To save you some browsing time, we’ve put together a brand new list of 2011′s…

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Tuesday, 20th September 2011

World’s Largest Graffiti? Not even close.

Doing the rounds on the mainstream sites this week has been the story of Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, who has created a series of canals in the coastline of his own private island that spell out…

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Friday, 22nd July 2011

The world’s longest cross-sea bridge… or is it? (Jiaozhou Bay Bridge)

Today the news is filled with stories about the opening of the Jiaozhou Bay Bridge, which at 42.4km (26.3 miles) is attempting to lay claim to the title of “longest sea bridge in the world”. The bridge spans connects the…

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Friday, 1st July 2011

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Previously on Google Sightseeing

Ho Ho Ho! Giant Santas!

T’was the week before Christmas … which means it must be time for Google Sightseeing to pay our traditional annual…

Revisiting The World’s Largest Christmas Shop

Four years ago we paid a visit to Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, Michigan – the largest Christmas-themed shop in…

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!

To celebrate the holiday season this year we’ll take a look at Christmas Trees, whose “leaves are so unchanging. Not…

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