Friday, April 10, 2009

New Map Feature

After many, many months operating a pretty spartanly designed blog, I have finally added a new feature that might add some value, to use the consulting phrase. Basically, it's just a map where I can add places that I have traveled to in China. If you hold the mouse over one of the points, you can see the name of the city. Some of the cities are pretty clustered together, like the Shenzhen, Hong Kong, and Macau area, so it's tough to see them. The good news is that if you click on the map, it will take you to the website where you can see a more detailed view. The detailed view lists all the places or "waypoints" that I have been to and you can also see routes of longer trips. It's pretty cool because it calculates the distance of the routes, so now I know I traveled about 2100 miles during my Chinese New Year trip. The map is just like any other google map and you can zoom in/out or drag the map around to see some of the cities more clearly. If you click on one of the waypoints you can also see a link to the pictures I have of the city on picasa. How about that for convenience?
Hopefully this will let people see the places I have been and get an idea of where they are in China. Either way, I think this map will be a motivator for me to travel to some of the western parts of China so that it will look more impressive to my faithful readers.


Anonymous said...

hi wes,
we are enjoying your travel log. i like the map. spring has finaly come to our state. every thing is pretty and green, but more snow this week, maybe the last.
tanke care love grandma