– Possibly the Best City Maps in the World?

Every now and then someone sends you a link that has the whole office gathered around your workstation. (short for ECity in Chinese) is such a link, a company that has mapped the 21 major cities in China and the majority of the provincial areas.

The maps are a visual feast of pixel art down to the finest detail and covering vast swathes of urban China. The interface is similar to Google Maps with the ability to pan, zoom as well as run searches for local businesses and transport links. is part of the Aladdin Information and Technology corporation with the company stating that EDUSHI will be the next Internet revolution. They are currently looking to expand out of China and are looking for cities to partner with.

View Shanghai direct from here

The full list of cities (in chinese) from here – it is worth simply clicking and browsing the maps if you are not fluent in Chinese.

English language information on Aladdin and Edushi.

We are not sure it will be the next Internet revolution (unless perhaps in full 3D) but even in 2D is represent some of the best geographical visualisation of the city that we have seen for a while.

Thanks go to Nelson for sending us the link.

Author Bio

Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.


  1. Andres - November 29, 2007

    This is just plain awesome. Rich Internet experience in a nutshell.

    Thanks for the post!


  2. Martin - November 30, 2007

    neat – thanks for the link!

  3. Sun Bin - January 5, 2008

    the buildings are actually quite real. they basically drew a picture for each building.

  4. Ruimtelijke Ordening - July 15, 2010

    Wow i really like these maps 🙂 looks like Sim City 🙂

  5. Arbeidsrecht - October 20, 2010

    Cool i will use these next time i go to China 😀

  6. Promotievideo - October 26, 2010

    Do they also have these maps for American city’s?

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