Date
18 December 2017
The Trekker backpack camera captures 360-degree views of streets and scenic spots. Photo: Engadget.com
The Trekker backpack camera captures 360-degree views of streets and scenic spots. Photo: Engadget.com

Want to go hiking on Dragon’s Back? Just Google it

Have you been to Hong Kong’s Peng Chau and Lamma Island, or hiked the trails on Dragon’s Back and Peel Rise to view the magnificent vistas atop these peaks? 

Maybe you have, or maybe you can’t find the time and energy to visit these hard-to-reach scenic spots. That’s all right. Now, you can experience the charm of these exotic places in the comfort of your home.

Google Maps now includes 360-degree views of at least 23 unique spots in the territory, thanks to a program it started about a year ago, wherein it offered to lend its Trekker backpack camera to organizations to help collect images of places not covered by its Street View maps, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday.

Hong Kong has gladly joined the program and, as a result of this cooperation, has captured stunning images of natural sceneries loved by locals but not commonly featured in tourist books about the territory.

Google’s backpack device, which is fitted with 15 cameras taking pictures every 2.5 seconds, is able to shoot at a resolution of 75 million pixels, and the pictures are combined to form 360-degree panoramic views of the locations, the report said.

So for those who think of Hong Kong as just a place for shopping, they’ve got another think coming when they click on Google Maps.

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Stunning views along the hiking trail of Dragon’s Back. Photo: Google Maps


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