City8 Launches Chinese Alternative to Google Street View

A Chinese company has unveiled a new Google Street View like service that displays street level images and maps of 41 cities all across the country, a recent blog post revealed.

Google conflict with the Chinese government is no hidden secret, and hence it becomes almost sort of unrealistic to even think about having the Mountain View, California based search giant Google Street View coming to the country in the foreseeable future.

Apparently, the Chinese company in question, named City8 has taken advantage of the same fact and went on introducing an alternative to the Google Street View.

“You select the city you want to look at and then you get a streetview-like interface. It works pretty well, but because it’s hosted inside the Great Firewall it is quite slow outside China or when using a VPN,” Marc van der Chijs, the Dutch co-founder of online Chinese video site Tudou, wrote on his blog post on Sunday.

According to Mr Chijs, the newly unveiled service offers a similar kind of user interface as featured by the Google Street View, and it is capable of providing users with detailed maps, as well as 360-degree panoramic street-level images.