Saturday, 3 October 2015

Google Earth now has Hong Kong in 3D!

Many thanks to Gweilo8888 for the heads up. It appears that Google has finally got around to adding Hong Kong to its growing list of cities that now have 3D views. I'm already a big fan of Googleearth and Streetview and the fact that it allows me to quickly check places has been a real plus for all my film locations posts, but now to see a large portion of the place also rendered in fairly detailed 3D is just fantastic.

Yes, I know we have always had the 3D buildings modeled by various individuals but this new technology can model large swathes of the place with pretty good detail. I had been impressed by the same facility that had been done on London and elsewhere, but what better place to do it than somewhere like Hong Kong with its abundance of tall buildings.

At the moment the scope of the 3D rendering covers all of the Kowloon peninsula including Kowloon Bay, as well as Shatin and Tai Po in the New Territories and what looks to be most of the coastline around HK Island. Here's a few screen grabs so you can see for yourself.

Kowloon Peninsula

The Peninsula close up

Kowloon Tong

The following two pictures show the difference between the 2D and 3D modes of the same part of Hong Kong Island. 

And finally a fairly decent shot of a part of Hong Kong Island. It is possible to zoom right down into the streets but the rendering still needs a bit of work (such as on spaces under bridges) but it is still really impressive and may prove quite useful to me for getting better identification of buildings. We shall see.  

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