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Putuo Zongcheng Temple

The Putuo Zongcheng Temple of Chengde, Hebei province, China is a Qing Dynasty era Buddhist temple complex built between 1767 and 1771, during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor (1735-1796). It is located near the Chengde Mountain Resort, which is south of the Putuo Zongcheng.

Along with the equally famed Puning Temple, it is one of the Eight Outer Temples of Chengde. The temple was modeled after the Potala Palace of Tibet, the old sanctuary of the Dalai Lama built a century earlier

View a video of the Putuo Zongcheng Temple on Google Maps

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Ming Dynasty Tombs

The Ming Dynasty Tombs are located some 50 kilometres due North of Beijing at a specially selected site. The site was chosen by the third Ming Dynasty emperor Yongle (1402 - 1424), who moved the capital of China from Nanjing to the present location of northwest Beijing. The Ming tombs of the 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty were located on the southern slope of Mount Taishou.

The site of the Ming Dynasty Imperial Tombs was carefully chosen according to Feng Shui principles. According to these, bad spirits and evil winds descending from the North must be deflected; therefore, an arc-shaped area at the foot of the Jundu Mountains north of Beijing was selected.

View a video of the Ming Dynasty Tombs on Google Maps

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Photosynth Map

There has been a lot of press lately about websites using Microsoft's Photosynth and Virtual Earth together. The Photosynth player can also be embedded in a Google Map.

This example is a proof of concept. I haven't added many examples and I haven't really thought about the design of the page yet. However it does show the potential of embedding Photosynth in Google Maps.

View Photosynth in Google Maps