Brand New Beijing Olympics Satellite Imagery in Google Earth

Beijing 2008 Olympics Venues in Google EarthGoogle has quietly slipped in brand new satellite imagery taken by Geoeye which was taken on July 19th, 2008 showing the Beijing Olympics venues. I’ve been expecting Google to do some new imagery in anticipation for the Olympics – just like they did for the Torino Olympics two years ago. A GEB reader let me know the imagery had been updated within the last day (Thanks Stephen!). Keep a close watch on the area. I wouldn’t be surprised if more 3D models of the new facilities and other photos started appearing at the 2008 venues. [UPDATE: GEB reader ‘Pablenko’ pointed out that Google has made lots of GE 3D models for the Olympics which you can see in the 3DWarehouse here.] Just enter “Beijing” in the “Fly to” search field in Google Earth, and search north about 10 km (6 miles) to see the new stadiums and other facilities. It’s an amazing transformation compared to imagery showing the area before it was completed last fall. The Google Maps imagery is still showing the older imagery, look at it quick though as it may be updated soon is also now updated (August 1) with the new imagery.
You can get a tour of some of the key locations at the Beijing Olympic venues through EarthSwoop (if you’re on Windows), which uses the Google Earth API plugin.

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. Josh Wilson says:

    Off topic but wasn’t sure how else to get a hold of you. Curious if you’d been back to see the school bus perched on top of the St Louis City Museum since Google implemented the new 3d buildings layer. 701 N 15th St, St Louis, MO 63103
    Is this the first vehicle rendered in 3d since the layer update?

  2. Support Oliympics,Support Beijing

  3. very interesting! I’ve hours jut observing every single detail

  4. Pablenko says:

    Google made beijing venuies models…. there are not in the best of 3dwarehouse layer… but they will.

  5. Pablenko says:

    the imaginary is not that good… is average, but is great to have a 2 weeks old image there

  6. Interestingly enough, it would seem that not ALL of Beijing was updated. The two baseball venues still show the beginnings of their construction (which are obviously done and ready), and the already opened huge railway terminal in southern Beijing also still shows major construction right around it.

  7. Arvind Thengre says:

    its gud but not the satifactory, more updation is necessary. at the end do the best always

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