Virtual Tour of the Forbidden City

Thanks to $3 mil­lion dol­lars from IBM and three years of effort, you can now down­load a vir­tu­al tour of Chi­na’s For­bid­den City. Based on gam­ing soft­ware, the project lets you take a three dimen­sion­al tour of the impe­r­i­al palace built dur­ing the mid-Ming Dynasty, start­ing in 1406 (get more info here).

Update: This was orig­i­nal­ly post­ed in 2008. It looks like the vir­tu­al tour has been tak­en offline.

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