Google’s Arts & Culture team is launching today a new online experience Which lets users virtually walk the Great Wall of China. The ‘Walk the Great Wall of China’ experience includes a 360-degree virtual tour of one of the wall’s most protected sections, including 370 images of the Great Wall in total and 35 stories that go into architectural detail about the landmark .
“As the largest man-made structure in the world, the Great Wall of China is one of the most iconic and popular heritage sites anywhere. More than 10 million people visit each year – but not everyone has the opportunity to see the Great Wall for the first time. don’t get the opportunity,” Pierre Casa, Google Arts and Culture Program Manager, said in a blog post. “Today, in collaboration with renowned Great Wall expert Dong Yaohui and the curators of Gubei Water Town, Google Arts & Culture introduces a new theme page that allows people to virtually visit the Great Wall.”
The experience gives users a chance to learn more about the history of the Great Wall and experience parts of it that may be difficult to access. It also aims to give users a better understanding of how the Great Wall is being preserved for future generations.
The virtual experience includes a panoramic view of the wall as well as 360-degree views of the Watchtower and various sections of the wall. Users can 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 bricks along the wall. For example, you can get a closer look at hidden signatures, stamps and mysterious patterns carved on bricks.
Google has launched several 360-degree virtual tours over the years and continues to leverage the technology. Back in 2016, the search giant launched a virtual experience that allowed users to explore US national parks. Since then, the company has launched similar virtual tours, but has also focused on using virtual reality in different ways. For example, Google launched a virtual reality art gallery in 2017 and also released the ‘Tour Creator’ tool in 2018 for students to create their own VR tours.