A Satirical Look At Life In China, Told Through The Country’s Google Maps Equivalent
Bird's Eye China is a webcomic that combines screengrabs of Baidu Maps and clever observations for a unique and witty perspective on everyday Beijing.
Bird’s Eye China is the creation of Derek Man Lui, a copywriter from San Francisco who now lives in Beijing. While browsing Baidu Maps, a Chinese mapping service similar to Google Maps, Derek discovered that, in addition to the standard and satellite views, a third option overlaid the world in cartoonish pixel-art like a huge Super Nintendo Game. This discovery gave him the idea for a webcomic that would let him share his experiences with friends and family back home, and his sense of humor with the rest of us. PSFK caught up with Derek to learn more about his work and experiences in China: