The Chinese government dictates what can and can't be shown in overhead photographs. This is bad news for Google Maps, which continues to have run-ins with the Mainland. No worries, there is a solution. A beautiful one.

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Baidu Maps created a Sim City-like reproduction of China to sidestep these issues. An overhead view of the country is reproduced in game-like graphics, but with sensitive images removed. Like Google Maps, folks can get directions and check out the landscape — the pixelated landscape.

百度地图 [Baidu via Bloggokin via The Daily Bunch]