Google Launches 3D 2008 Olympic Games

Today Google has launched 3D versions of the main venues of the Beijing Olympics which you can view in Google Earth, or with their Earth API plugin. There are now over 35 new detailed 3D models of the stadiums and game fields already visible in the new satellite photos (taken less than a month ago). Check out Earthswoop to get a look at the 3D Beijing views (more of the stadiums will be added to EarthSwoop soon). Or visit Google Earth itself to get complete control and see descriptions of each venue. And Google has released a live Google Map mashup for tracking the games called 2008 Summer Games.
If you just want a taste of what it looks like, here is a video fly-through of the 3D Beijing Google has released:

[UPDATE 9-AUG: Google has offered a new layer which you find under the Geographic Web->Places->Summer Games 2008. It results in a bright red Olympics icon over Beijing which when you click on lets you load a new “Explore the Sumer Games” layer. This results in a network link which shows you Today’s Events, Calendar, Events, and Venues. For each item, you are flown to the location of the event. Most of the venues are in 3D. There’s a lot more 3D models than I realized in the collection!]

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. Come on google, you own YouTube. Is that really the best quality video you eek out using it?
    Maybe this demonstrates the pressing need for decent quality video.
    that vid is nothing but a bunch of blurry squares that stops and starts over and over again. Just like the videos at youtube. I checked it out aftyer the last time I heard you upped the quality of the vids a bit. while a lot of the stop and starts had been fixed but I’m still looking at tiny lil vids that are really crappy. Even the ones from big names. And when I upload decent videos they get turned into crappy pixelated mess. Drop the Flash already!

  2. Who is the guy who chose this music?
    Please Google, stay away from the sound stuff.

  3. This may be a little late but you can also view these in 3D using my GE plug in Stereoviewer:
    just type: Bejing China in the search bar and head North a bit.
    It is pretty cool seeing the venues in 3D

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