Today I was walking through Tower 3 of China World (Guo Mao T3), and noticed a scale model of Guo Mao and the surrounding area in the lobby.Â I snapped a picture:
Sorry it is kind of dark, my phone’s camera is not great.Â Anyway, I was looking at the model…Guo Mao T1, check.Â Guo Mao T2, Check.Â China World Hotel, Check. Kerry Center, Check.Â Kerry Center Hotel…Check.Â What’s missing?Â What’s missing?Â Oh Dear, it’s the E-tower!Â My office building doesn’t exist in Guo Mao’s vision…Is this a picture of things to come?Â Are the rumours of no more E-tower within 6 months possibly true?Â It was an awfully luscious-looking, green parking long in E-tower’s place…
Anyway, just for fun, I decided to look on Biadu and Google Maps to see what they had on the topic, and found some really interesting results.
First, Baidu is 3 years out of date on its 3D map of Beijing’s CBD.Â What the heck?Â The little old that was torn down in the first few weeks I was at iCET is still in the picture.Â Guo Mao T3 is nowhere to be seen, and there is a giant construction site around the e-Tower (which is in the picture!Â yay!)Â What up, Baidu?
Second: Google is up to date.Â T3 and e-tower are all there.
Conclusions / Observations:
- What the heck is Guo Mao Planning for this area?Â Why was that guy coming around to all the units in e-tower a few months ago offering to buy?Â Is the E-tower going to be here still in a year?
- Baidu…honestly, why do you have a 3 year-old 3D map of Beijing’s CBD?Â Is it that hard to keep up on Beijing’s highest-profile commercial district?
- Google — should be in China.Â It provides high quality, up-to-date data that is easily accessible and useful.
And that’s that!