See Hong Kong like never before with Google Maps' latest feature

See Hong Kong like never before with Google Maps' latest feature

The 3D map lets you zigzag between buildings and fly across Victoria Harbour


The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai.


Hong Kong's Cultural Center and the Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower.

Hong Kong has been recreated as a virtual reality-style fly-through space after Google Maps launched its latest new feature. 

You can now swoop between skycrapers, over mountain ridges and across Victoria harbour.

"Hong Kong's skyline is one of the most dramatic in the world," wrote Dominic Allon, Managing Director of Google Hong Kong in a blog post announcing the new 3D imagery.

"Put on your virtual wings and explore parts of the city you’ve never visited before."

As Google pushes further for virtual reality experiences, the bird's eye view of Hong Kong is a first in Asia, demonstrating which direction the company's technology is going.

To helicopter through Hong Kong, simply select into "Earth" mode, hit "tilt" on the bottom right, then scroll to zoom in and out, and click and drag to fly around the city.

It was announced in 2014 that 3D mapping would be rolled out, with New York and San Francisco to get the first treatments.

Google began its service in 2005 and launched Google Street View in 2007. Google Street View became available in Hong Kong in March 2010.


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