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China Map using Baidu Maps

Since Google Maps isn’t in China, but the country has a greatly varied and interesting landscape, from megacities to countrysides, from deserts to jungles, and from mountains to prairies, it’s a shame it’s entirely excluded from GeoGuessr.

However, Baidu Maps, based in China, has a street view function that’s covered most of China, from the plateaus to Tibet to the snowy wilderness of Heilongjiang. Baidu Maps also has an API that could help implementing GeoGuessr on a new platform.
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  • Hi there! Agreed! We've looked at Baidu Maps a couple of times over the years, but so far we haven't gotten around to implementing support for it. If I remember correctly, the tools and API:s were not available in English, which somewhat slowed us down. 😀 As far as I understand, this have changed and we'll make sure to have another look.


  • is also another Chinese service providing streetview pictures of China.

    Problem with Chinese services is that it's very slow to load data from outside of China, which will impact timed games a lot.

    On another side you have Yandex that provides data for Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan and more Russia and it's not that slow so if there is some API that could be another possibility.
  • If Geoguessr were to integrate another service, it would require massive changes to the map creator. It's already sometimes difficult to get the exact location you want. If there's multiple maps on top of each other, it could be chaos. These other companies also probably don't have the same copyright policies as Google. In addition, spreading to multiple services would make us more vulnerable to service disruptions. The Chinese government also does some strange things with coordinates

    That being said, having China on here properly would be really cool.
  • Thanks for the feedback guys! As you've guessed this could be quite difficult technically and also pose a few possible problems license-wise (by for example mixing different map/streetview providers). But, it would also be really nice to be able to create Chinese maps :). We'll have to investigate this further before we make any decisions, but it would be nice as a goal for the longer term!


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