Baidu 3D map is simply amazing, much better than Google map in terms of aesthetics at least. The project is a cooperation between Baidu and O.cn, another 3d map service in China. It is map of China + pixel art + 3D, or, in fact, 2.5D because it has only one viewing angel of 45-degree overlook. Engineers at Baidu must love SimCity so much that they decide to turn China into one big SimCountry. The amazing details in the 3D map make it so fun and easy to navigate. The screen shots below will speak for themselves.
Map of Beijing in normal map view, and click the 3D button will give you the overlook below.
Overview of Xidan (西单), one of Beijing’s most popular shopping districts. Zoom in and see the amazing details. Look at those cute cars and the moldy building top.
Another example of Zhongguancun (中关村), supposedly China’s Silicon Valley. They even mapped names on buildings and outdoor display ads.
Looking at maps has never been so fun. Unfortunately, Baidu only has 3D maps for less than 50 cities in China. They are updating more 3D maps but I guess it is a painstaking process.