NTU Campus Azalea Festival Google Earth Street View Tour

March is the season which Taiwan’s Indian azalea comes in full bloom. Along the sides of National Taiwan University’s most famous Royal Palm Boulevard, Indian azalea attracts numerous watchers flocking for flower viewing. NTU also holds “Azalea Festival” at the same time, which has already become a major annual event. I think that it would be a pretty good idea to take tours with Street View, but Taipei’s Google Street View is still under construction. At the fastest, the website will take several months to be established. I can’t wait until then, so I think to myself, “Why don’t I set up one?” I’ve just learned some 360 degree panoramic photography techniques recently from a fellow blogger, walker, so I decide to experiment with scenes of NTU’s Royal Palm Boulevard.

I’ve spent a few days shooting photos of nearly 150 spots. Since I lack professional panoramic photography tripod head, I can only take pictures manually. I then convert the files to 2:1 panoramic pictures through help of PTGui software. Later I convert them again to kml files with PhotoOverlay software. This kmzGoogle Earth File file is my finished product.

In addition, I’ve created a web version of street view tour guide with Google Earth API. Please click on the following picture.

Another window will pop out to carry the street view tour guide. However, the camera icon cannot display, but you can double click to enter another scene when you see words while moving the mouse or when the mouse cursor changes from hand to pointer. I cannot fix this bug. It might be that Google Earth API does not yet support Street View.

<This post was translated to English by Christine Cheng>

Google has quietly released an update to the Google Earth Plugin that advances it to GE Version 5 status.Google Earth API now also supports PhotoOverlay, so now the operation of Web Browser will be the same as Google Earth.

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16 Responses to NTU Campus Azalea Festival Google Earth Street View Tour

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  2. Rusty says:

    Hello Steven, nice work!

    I invite you to come visit a new site called realplaces.com to see if it strikes your interest. Our purpose is to allow *anyone* to create virtual “walk around” tours, such as you have created, independent of Google Earth or StreetView. We use individual stills rather than fully stitched images, but in doing so we have other advantages instead, such as zoomed views that are independent of the original view, and descriptions and comment streams tied to individual views. You can write detailed information about each individual view, and even more importantly, other members can comment on your places as well. Hopefully this results in engaging and interesting conversations that currently don’t happen inside StreetView.

    We have just opened up to allow a limited number of users to come and give it a test drive and see what they think. I welcome you to be the first member from Taiwan!

  3. David says:

    You said,

    “Later I convert them again to kml files with PhotoOverlay software. This kmzGoogle Earth File file is my finished product. ”

    What PhotoOverlay software did you use to convert the images to KML? I’ve been looking at 360cities.com, but I want to be able to host the images locally as you have done.

    You work looks great!

  4. Jean says:

    Hola a todos

    Here is a PhotoOverlay software which create kml file and the ImagePyramid Tiles images that work with it :

    if it can help…

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  6. Hsn says:

    i’m working with GE street view and your note very helpfull for me, but i can’t convert many kml to one.pls help me
    thnks a lot

  7. carlos g says:

    :?: :!: :sad: :mad: :lol: :eek: i’m new in this crab so IDN how. To used but it look. Intresting!¡!

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  9. It is really a great and useful piece of info. I am happy that you shared this useful information with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thank you for sharing.

  10. deadbeat says:


    Your Blog is very informative…can you please provide a step by step procedure how you do it…and please provide links to the software you use…. thanks a lot…

  11. shane says:

    hi steven, I am going to try and capture a panoramic view as well as the ones you have created for a a restaurant and I have a question if you dont mind;
    There are many settings in PTGui and I was wondering if you used mainly the default settings given when editing your panorama or did you tweak a few things to achieve the desired results, like projection type and fit or centered panorama?

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