Baidu 3D map makes the Middle Kingdom one big SimCountry

Alia | March 13th, 2011 - 3:05 am

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.

Related posts:

Long lines in front of gas stations the night before gas price rise in China
Kunming’s desperate moves to prevent more environmental protests: To restrict sales of face mask and...
Is inheritance tax coming to China?
Weibo’s “hot mom contest” may put some of these young hotties’ husbands in jail
In the light of Crimea annexation, Chinese netizens are not sure whether to hale, fear or thank Russ...
Chinese netizens on PM Li Keqiang’s visit to Britain: “History repeats itself.”
Tags: , , ,

3 Responses to “Baidu 3D map makes the Middle Kingdom one big SimCountry”

  1. cctv cameras middle…

    [...]Baidu 3D map makes the Middle Kingdom one big SimCountry | Offbeat China[...]…

  2. seo says:

    seo…

    [...]Baidu 3D map makes the Middle Kingdom one big SimCountry | Offbeat China[...]…

  3. Someone thinks this story is fantastic…

    This story was submitted to Hao Hao Report – a collection of China’s best stories and blog posts. If you like this story, be sure to go vote for it….

You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

Leave a Reply