Google’s Arts & Culture team is launching a new online experience today that 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, featuring 370 images of the Great Wall in total and 35 stories that detail the architectural details of the monument .
“As the largest man-made structure in the world, the Great Wall of China is one of the world’s most iconic and popular heritage sites. Over 10 million people visit each year, but not everyone gets the chance to see the Great Wall firsthand, ”said Pierre Caessa, head of the Google Arts & Cultures program, in a blog post. “Today, in collaboration with renowned Great Wall expert Dong Yaohui and curators from Gubei Water Town, Google Arts & Culture is presenting a new thematic page for people to virtually tour the Great Wall.”
The experience gives users the chance 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 dig deeper into the history of the Great Wall, you can decode the walls and bricks along the wall. For example, you can take a closer look at the hidden signatures, stamps, and mysterious designs carved into the bricks.
Google has launched numerous 360-degree virtual tours over the past few years and continues to take advantage of the technology. In 2016, the search giant rolled out a virtual experience that allowed users to explore US national parks. Since then, the company has launched similar virtual tours, but 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 to allow students to create their own VR tours.
To try out the new experience yourself, you can visit the “Walk the Great Wall of China” website or download the Google Arts & Culture app for Android or iOS.