Google’s Arts & Culture team is launching a new online experience which allows users to virtually walk the Great Wall of China. The “Walk the Great Wall of China” experience includes an exclusive 360-degree virtual tour of one of the best-preserved sections of the wall, including 370 images of the Great Wall in total and 35 stories that describe the architectural details of the monument .
“As the largest man-made structure in the world, the Great Wall of China is one of the most iconic and popular heritage sites in the world. More than 10 million people visit it each year, but not everyone has the opportunity to see the Great Wall firsthand,” Google Arts & Cultures program manager Pierre Caessa said in a statement. blog post. “Today, in collaboration with renowned Great Wall expert Dong Yaohui and curators from Gubei Water Town, Google Arts & Culture presents a new theme page for people to virtually visit the Great Wall.
The experience gives users the opportunity to learn more about the history of the Great Wall and discover parts of it that might otherwise be difficult to access. It also aims to give users a better understanding of how the Great Wall is preserved for future generations.
The virtual experience includes a panoramic view of the wall, as well as 360-degree views of the watchtower and different sections of the wall. Users can also learn more about how and when the Great Wall was built.
For those who want to delve even deeper into the history of the Great Wall, you can decode the walls and the bricks along the wall. For example, you can get a closer look at hidden signatures, stamps, and mysterious patterns carved into the bricks.
Google has launched numerous 360-degree virtual tours over the past few years and continues to leverage technology. In 2016, the search giant rolled out a virtual experience allowing users to explore US national parks. Since then, the company has launched similar virtual tours, but has also considered using virtual reality in different ways. For example, Google launched a virtual reality art gallery in 2017 and also released a “Tour Creator” tool in 2018 for students to create their own VR tours.