Dongsha Island Fly Tour & Streetview

The Pratas or Dongsha Islands are an atoll in the northeastern South China Sea consisting of three islets about 340 kilometers (211 mi) southeast of Hong Kong. Excluding their associated EEZ and territorial waters, the islets comprise about 2.4 km2 (0.93 sq mi), including 0.64 km2 (0.25 sq mi) of lagoon area. The islands are claimed by the People’s Republic of China, but controlled by the Republic of China (Taiwan) and organized as a national park. The main island of the group—Dongsha Island—is the largest of the South China Sea Islands.

2011 summer, I had a chance to Dongsha two days, I took the time to take more than 280 panorama imagery by my own way without tripod. Now I make the Streetview web page to show them.

According to the two days memory, I made a Google Earth Dongsha tour. I chose a piece of music, with the ups and downs of the music, at first, show the maps and text to illustrate the Dongsha location, then fly over Dongsha Atoll until Dongsha Island, next scene, simulate C-130 transport aircraft fly to Dongsha Island Airport, then start Donsha Islanad day, early in the morning watching the Dongsha sunrise in the east side of the beach, and then explore the “South China Sea barrier” monument, visit Dongsha Dawang Temple, visit Marine National Park Dongsha station, in the evening watching the sunset in the lagoon. Finally, lying on the quiet and no interference Dongsha airport runway, watching the 180 ° viewing angle and ultra broadband, most shocking Dongsha stars.

Due to Google has announced the deprecation of the Google Earth API, It’s really sad. Before I find the way to migration,I decided not to use the website to present this work. You can downloading this KMZ file, and operate in Google Earth.

In this tour, there are two scenes(sunrise and sunset) that I use photorealistic atmosphere function. So, after arriving Donsha airport, the tour pause, and an instruction to ask everyone enable photorealistic atmosphere. According to the instruction, you go to [Tools] –> [Options] –> “Use photorealistic atmosphere rendering“, and then press ► to continue this tour. After this tour, remember to unenable the photorealistic atmosphere to default value.

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2014 – TAIWAN Action Asia 50

There is a trail run – Taiwan Action Asia 50, which is one of Action Asia Events organized by the Action Asia Foundation, to be held in November 8, 2014 in the mountains near Shimen Reservoir in Taoyuan.

The race route was planned by my friend Petr Novotný, he offered me the path kml file and some photos, I am very happy to make a dynamic Google Earth Tour, to support him!

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Follow the Bluemagpie and see the Pinglin

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Taiwan Bluemagpie Tea is a brand that set by students and teacher of Institute of Building and Planning of National Taiwan University. Their team’s purpose is to help tea farmers living in Pinglin to sell their environmental-friendly tea without chemical fertilizer, pesticide and herbicide.

They want to assist tea farmer through fair and reasonable price and making a lease, decreasing the risk of producing and selling for tea farmers.

Their goal is to make Pinglin to be a eco-village, clean the water in reservoir, ensure the livelihood of tea farmers, inherit their artistry of making tea, and form a new generation of tea in the final.
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Qihou Lighthouse 360 panoramo & Kaohsiung 3D City Tour

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After Google discontinued support of the user generated 3D program last October, it’s in a frozon situation in Google Earth 3D layer, old model can not remove; new model can not append. If you want to show your models public, the only way you can do is put your models on your own server, display maybe slowly, but there is no way to do.

I met the condition is how to deal with the model already exists? Turn off the 3D layer? This means that all the other buildings are gone, leaving only your own model to lonely self reward it? To show off the value of your own model, there must be surrounded by a lot of wonderful models. So I have to do other ways.

Qihou lighthouse is located in the Qihou hill at an altitude of 53 meters. Qihou hill is the highest point of the Qijin District, overlooking the Kaohsiung Harbor. But it is a very small mound in the current ground-based Google Earth , and the elevation is only 14 meters, it is clear that, as long as I made in accordance with the status of the whole hill terrain model, the current model will be coated inside the Qihou hill model, the problem can be solved.

Qihou Mountain

Qihou Mountain in Google Earth

In this project, I went to the lighthouse to take pictures a few months ago. I had a chance to climb on top of the lighthouse. This vision is really great! Deserve a 360-degree panorama! I found a ring tower platform surrounded by 24 pieces railing fence. I put my elbows on railing fence every two intervals, and took a total 12 pictures. Finally, I stitched them into a 3-megapixel panorama Figure.

Then I used the double window technology which is developed in “Mt. Everest Panorama in Google Earth“. The panorama picture is on top window. The bottom window except for 3D layers, I put the important landmarks and the loxodromes with the mark. Once you’re inside of it, drag the top image around to view any particular area, and the bottom image will stay in sync automatically.

I make a kaohsiung 3D city tour, begin from Qihou lighthouse, fly over the entire downtown, hover each beautifully 3D building models, and finally back to the lighthouse.

There are two different themes, one is panorama, the other is tour, but the same axle. So I put them in the same page, switch them with funtion key. In the same time, I put the “kaohsiung 3d city tour kmz file” and “Qihou lighthouse panoramo kmz file ” on web page, you can download them.

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Taiwan From Above in Google Earth

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My friend – Chi Po-lin, is a photographer with more than 20 years experience from the air. He had long wanted to make a movie based on his photographs, but for years it seemed like a far-fetched dream.That changed in 2009, when French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand released his aerial documentary “Home” on climate change and global warming. Three years later,his “Beyond Beauty-Taiwan from Above” documentary has just won the Golden Horse Award for best documentary. More details you can read this story in the Wall Street Journal.

Although most of us have not the opportunity to see “Taiwan from Above” as Chi, in order to allow everyone to experience Chi’s air task, I made the simulation with Google Earth. I used two windows – one in, one out. The GPS route I got from Chi, which made one day in 2008. This trip started from Puli , then flew to Central Mountains , Yushan Mountain, Sun Moon Lake and then back, It is a 240 km long, 1 hour 32 minute flight time records.

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Run Taiwan 1100Km in 14 days in Google Earth

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The biggest event of upcoming 2013 Taiwan marathon or known as International Tour de Taiwan Ultra-Marathon will start on the 30th of March. This foot race will be Taiwan’s first ever international marathon event. It also will be the longest distance (1100 km) and the longest period (14 days) road race event in Taiwan.

How to use Google Earth to demonstrate the race is quite interesting to me. First of all, I easily created a navigation tour by using the function of dynamic flying to browse the entire journey. Then, I created a “Trial running Glance Tour” for each day of the race. Last, I complied those fifteen flying Glance Tour on the same page. It is then completed. But, there is something else I would like to do which is to add the runner’s instant position, especially in the events of this roundabout.

There is something special about this event which is that every participants will be assigned a GPS cell phone from Leadtek. This way, we will be able to trace the runner’s live position through website. However, Leadtek is using 2D Google Map platform. I thought to myself, it will be wonderful if I can display those information on Google Earth. Therefore, I asked Leadtek to transfer GPS location to KML format. After few tried, I did not succeed. Although I was quite disappointed, I came up with another ideal which is to put “Rabbit” on the track. These “rabbits” is also known as “Marathon pace”. Like this long-range multi day race, most of the organizers will set a minimum threshold speed of six kilometer per hour along the road. The depots also serve as control station, withdraw the station once time is up. The runner who did not meet the threshold will lose the eligibility automatically (There is a rule at International Tour de Taiwan Ultra-Marathon which is “whoever did not complete accumulate three days within the time limit will be cancelled the qualification”). Therefore, I set up a rabbit per kilometer between the speed 6 – 12 kilometers. Seven rabbits were connected into a team. We can monitor the status of the entire tournament through the website. Meanwhile, it will put the static websites active in the game during two weeks time.

If you open this 3D navigation web, the program will calculates the speed of each rabbit based on the system time. And instantly to know its current location. It will also calculate how long distance the rabbits has run. I set it up to update it once every 10 second. Therefore, each rabbits are moving dynamically. Incidentally, I also meet the design of the rabbit, change the page, click daily itinerary to itinerary map, then fly to the range closer, you can see the rabbit Road team mobile, the right of the “Flying Glance dynamic fly Glance Preview daily 3-5 minutes, I also add instant time for everyone’s convenience.

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