Frigin’ cool interactive Chinese city maps – including Suzhou

Shanghai Oriental Pearl TowerMags and I are heading for a rare vacation down to Hangzhou this weekend, and as such have been trolling around the travelweb looking for sights to see, hotels to stay at and maps of the area.

It was this last item that lead me to revisit EDuShi (E-City). A few weeks back Rich (All Roads Lead to China) pointed me to the site’s Shanghai map and I was blown away, and am now even more impressed that they have most major cities in the country covered – including Suzhou!

Anyone that was a fan of Simcity will immediately warm to the style of EDuShi’s maps, as they definitely have that Sim-like quality about them. The zoomable maps offer an impressive amount of detail, with even things like neighborhoods and communities labelled (my old place, Yu Lan Xin Cun, is labelled).

Here are some screenshots (click the image for a larger version):

Shanghai Map

Shanghai Map

Suzhou Map

Suzhou Map

Hangzhou Map

Hangzhou Map

Beijing Map

Beijing Map

The maps are in Chinese, but as streets and places are some of the easiest Hanzi to read, this isn’t so much a problem (still, eDuShi, if you’re listening – an English version would be fan-frigin-tastic). The other downsides to the maps is that if you are looking for a place outside of the city centre, you may be out of luck. Additionally, for whatever reason, their orientation seems to be a bit random, and no scale is given.

Still, all in all, for a map lover like me, I think their damn cool.

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