When I was living in Shanghai, China seven years ago, I discovered the inaccuracy of maps in China while attempting to build a beer app.
I ended up writing, “All Maps in China are Wrong” and not building the app. While the technical landscape has changed significantly over the previous two-thirds decade, and mainland China (and the US) has started looking inward more, China’s maps are still wrong.
In Spring 2019, the YouTube Channel Half as Interesting published a video giving some additional context and technical information as to how China’s maps are just slightly wrong.
It’s a perfect update to increasingly complex relationship China has to the rest of the connected world. Check it out below:
John is a Technical Success Manager at WP Engine. Before moving to Austin, John lived in South Korea and China for the better part of four years. His life as an amateur Chinese web censorship expert, traveler, map nerd and beer geek can be found on this site.