China’s Secret Underground Nuclear Sub Base in Google Earth

China Underground Nuclear Sub base  in Google EarthThe Washington Times wrote a story recently about some declassified satellite images made public by Imaging Notes Magazine of secret bases in China. Of particular interest is the location of a formerly secret underground nuclear submarine base which has a tunnel entrance for the subs, as well as a tunnel for landbased equipment. The image came from Digital Globe, one of the providers of satellite photos for Google Earth. Stefan at OgleEarth took the images from the story and created image overlays for Google Earth so you can see the exact location and the detailed images with the annotations provided by Imaging Notes.
There’s some interesting notes about how the base was built at the Nuclear Information Project.. Digg it!

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Not so secret now is it 😉

  2. very proud of frank taylor!… google earth is a free territory and we have to keep it so. i wonder if there were some reactions from chinese authorities about this entry. i mean did he receive any comments or something else…?

  3. igor mortigus says:

    look a bit northwest of the base, along the same coast, like 1 km away you can also see a nother submarine in a pear. It is perfectly visible as it is on the surface….

  4. Quagmire says:

    Very interesting, but what is in the drydock to the north, new sub, or one being reconditioned?

  5. The sub in the drydock is a XIA-class SSBN undergoing refit. You can find another JIN being fitted out in a drydock at Huludao, where they’re built.

  6. So far China has offered no public explanation for its building at Sanya. But needless to say it is no longer a secret.

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