Date
17 August 2017
Student protest sites in Hong Kong bear some unique identification tags on Google Maps, thanks to some user-generated inputs. Photos: Google Maps, tvb.com, Reuters
Student protest sites in Hong Kong bear some unique identification tags on Google Maps, thanks to some user-generated inputs. Photos: Google Maps, tvb.com, Reuters

Occupy Central sites emerge as landmarks on Google Maps

The Occupy Central Movement has not only groomed unlikely celebrities such as Joshua Wong, the Scholarism group founder who has made it to the cover of Time magazine, it has created a new landmark in Hong Kong on Google Maps.

After “Civic Square” in Chinese characters replaced the “Central Government Offices East Wing Forecourt” on Google Maps, a new landmark known as “Beating Corner” has emerged on the online map and directions services from Google, Apple Daily noted.

The new location was where seven police officers, now suspended, beat up Civic Party member Ken Tsang at a protest site last Wednesday. Google Maps users will now be able to lock up the place, which is right outside an electricity generator room on Lung Wo Road in Central, when searching with the key words “Beating Corner”.

Although the new landmark was a user-created one, instead of an official landmark made up by Google, it has caught global attention.

Meanwhile in Mong Kok, where students have set up an altar worshipping Kwan Tai, a Han Dynasty general who became immortalized as the God of War and a symbol of loyalty and integrity, in the middle of the protest site, the location has now been marked as the “Mongkok Kwan Tai Temple” on Google Maps.

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