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.

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 ā€” the pixelated landscape.

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