Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please?

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Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? asianxpat 6/18/09 1:35 AM
If you look at any maps of mainland China, specifically for me the maps of Wuhan and Shanghai, and switch between the satellite and map views, you can see that the maps are offset to the satellite view.  Using an iphone on the ground, it's obvious that the satellite images are in the correct 'location' but the map view seems to be offset to the south-east by a significant margin.  Any chance of a fix?  Not such an issue on the web, but quite confusing for google map users with GPS.
Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? EmptySenti 7/15/09 10:38 PM
I noticed that too but in Xiamen.  Also, get an Android phone.  hehe.
Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? InspiresMe 8/12/09 8:03 PM
This is for Beijing as well... in fact I think it is for all of China. Maybe it is some sort of way to keep us from knowing our exact locations? Mwahaha...
Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? matthewsummerton 8/27/09 10:49 PM
The map view is off, by about 200 meters to the east, where as the satelite view is correct. I have traveled from Xi'an to Tianjin and it has the same problem all the way between these two cities. Looking at the coments on this page it seems the whole of China is off.
Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? dr_m 9/9/09 10:45 PM
Despite what asianxpat says, this offset is indeed present on the web. However, it's only present in google.com - if you use google.cn then there is no offset. However, since the iPhone uses the .com info it renders the iPhone's GPS as useless in Beijing. It seems like it would be trivial for google to fix this, so why haven't they?!
Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? EmptySenti 9/10/09 5:35 AM
Yeah, Google.cn 地图 also has a lot more info although its in Chinese.  I would be nice if users had the option of viewing the maps with that Chinese layer or English along with the hybrid street/satellite view. But first please fix this problem with the offset googs.
Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? dr_m 9/10/09 6:25 AM
I think maybe google are aware of this. Normally in google maps if you check out the satellite image it shows the roads overlaid. This is indeed what happens for google.cn, BUT NOT for google.com. That indicates that they probably disabled their map overlay in the satellite image after realised the offset. By the way, if you check out this page it demonstrates an amusing trick you can play using the 'traffic' feature which demonstrates the offset (which, for Beijing, is just over 500m).
Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? dr_m 9/22/09 11:28 PM
Actually, the google.cn maps are also incorrect - it appears that they shift the satellite image, which is the correct one! So GPS will still be screwed up even if the iPhone uses google.cn info. But it seems this is not just a google problem - it also affects Microsoft's Bing maps. I guess this is most likely due to some government interference. I'll be curious to see what happens when the iPhone is released here.
Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? baudav 9/26/09 5:40 AM
The satellite view is not overlay on the map in Beijing. 
And to the satellite is displaced orbits compared to GPS (and also on GoogleMaps Mobile for WM)

While everything is overlay on 'maps.google.cn' but can not display in a language other than Chinese!
Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? asianxpat 9/27/09 4:41 AM
I've noticed that Google has now added English to their China maps, which is fantastic. The offset is still there, however.  What surprises me is that there is no offset on Nokia maps in China.  They get their information from Navteq (and their Chinese subsidiary), while Google gets their information from TeleAtlas, I believe, so that may be a factor.
You can see how abrupt the change is if you zoom in on the Lok Ma Chau border crossing from HK to Shenzhen - HK maps are perfectly aligned and all the streets shown.  Then you get to the bridge over the border, and according to the map view you would fall off the bridge and into the river...
On a positive note, when apple gets round to selling iphones on the mainland, which sounds like it may happen reasonably soon, we could expect this to be fixed, unless they want a flood of complaints from their mainland chinese users as well.
Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? baudav 9/27/09 8:54 AM
I found another China GoogleMaps (map in chinese :(  but menu in english:  go to ditu.google.com 
Satellite view overlay is OK
 
Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? ricardo16 11/1/09 9:00 PM
Why does no one from google comment officially on this issue?
Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? zayeshk 12/2/09 6:07 AM
Same in Sri lanka too.:(
Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? pilou74 12/26/09 10:01 PM
anyway to use the ditu.google.com by default on iPhone maps instead of maps.google.com ? At least, the ditu.google.com overlay is perfect.
Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? dr_m 1/7/10 8:58 AM
HURRAY! IT'S FIXED! Well, at least in Beijing it's fixed to the extent that now GPS is aligned correctly with google maps on the iPhone. The satellite imagery is still offset, but (at least as far as I'm concerned) that's a minor issue. Luckily, I found this out on the night that I had to carry out navigation duties for my hopeless taxi driver......
Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? baudav 1/7/10 9:05 AM
not fixed in maps.google.com (without iphone!)
Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? Laowei 1/13/10 7:00 AM
Guysses and Guys,

If you knew our paranoid brothers and sisters in China, especially the "governmental" ones, who need to protect their fellow citizens from the real world, this offset would just be another piece of the big puzzle.
Like youtube...
I think that´s the price Google has to pay for being allowed to offer the use of chinese street maps.
All these big western companies have made their bow to subdue to the chinese market, that´s the was this funny world works.
Just open your eyes!

Love!
Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? dageshi 2/8/10 8:19 PM
Well I have just run into this lovely problem, after taking some gpx recordings yesterday all my waypoints are in the middle of a lake on the map view but not on the satellite imagery.

So does anyone have a fix for this? Is there some magic offset I can adjust the gps co-ordinates by to make it work and if I do that can I expect them to all break in six months when/if google fixes this?
Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? bigredlives 2/16/10 3:37 AM
I am just adding my two cents in the hopes that at some point a member of google's staff will respond with some helpful info. I have been plotting points in google earth and then viewing the files in google maps. Same issue as stated above by a number of people - the satellite images map up fine, the graphic street map is offset. 
I didn't take the time to do exact measurements on the offset, but it was pretty clear.
So hey google guys, can you give us some advice, or should we start developing our AR here in beijing using nokia devices?

Wanna buy a nexus, 

Big Red
Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? dageshi 2/16/10 4:10 AM
For what it's worth I think this is a deliberate problem put in place by google at the behest of the chinese authorities. I don't think it will be fixed until the chinese change their mind and I doubt that will be any time soon. The other explanation would be incompetence at google and for it to be wrong for so long seems very unlikely to me.

So in the meantime I've written a script to automatically correct the problem and generate incorrect gps coordinates in my gpx files but which appear to be correct on the google map. For my purposes this will work, I'm not sure if this is of any use to anyone else however, but it is possible.


Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? asianxpat 2/16/10 4:47 AM
This may be something to do with it (from a web article about Navteq):  "... Altogether the data incorporates detailed mapping of 1,840 settlements, which fall into several administrative levels such as municipal, prefectural and county. It also includes major roads connecting all the towns and cities featured. In total it covers more than 2 million km of road network.
 
There are some constraints on the availability of the data to organisations based outside China. They must have a registered office within the Republic and be actively trading there to be eligible the purchase the data, and it can only be delivered for use within the country itself."
 
I noticed that with my Nokia previously (until it was stolen on HK-China border) I could get detailed and accurate China maps if my phone was set to simplified chinese, but not in english/pinyin.  If I change my iphone (from HK) settings to simplified chinese, mainland, etc I do get a simplified chinese map on my iphone, but it still seems to be offset & no hybrid close-up view.  Has anyone tried this with a China-bought iphone (in Chinese or English)?  I guess it works otherwise our iphone wielding mainland cousins would be making more noise about it.

 
Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? dr_m 2/16/10 5:39 AM
I tried a Chinese iPhone (in Chinese) in the store and it uses the local google maps (http://ditu.google.cn/), which has no offset problem between the maps and the satellite imagery (as you can see from the webpage). Last year the GPS on a British iPhone was offset on the maps but aligned on the satellite imagery. They switched that around a couple of months back, so now the maps are aligned properly but the satellite imagery is not.
Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? oddbudman 2/26/10 9:18 PM
I second the dissapointment that there is no official information from either Apple or Google regarding this problem on the iPhone.  I purchased my phone in HongKong, and the GPS has never worked correctly in China- its always offset in Maps view.  As far as I'm concerned this is unacceptable, I paid for a feature that does not work, this feature alone was the main reason I made sure i purchased a phone with GPS.

Reading other posts on other sites I downloaded the Autonavi software from itunes - it is listed as english when infact this program is in Chinese.  Maps are accurate though, but the menus are in chinese as are the maps, so its useless to an expat with limited knowledge in Chinese characters.

Would appreciate some sort of offical explanation for this.  Its not fair paying for something that does not work as advertised.

"Maps on iPhone combines everything you love about Google Maps with the accuracy of GPS"

(I'm located in Dongguan, Guangdong)

oddbudman









Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? Brandon.J 2/28/10 3:53 AM
I noticed that in  Beijing, the satellite view and street view are aligned
but in southern china, it's mis-aligned. I was in Changsha, and Shanghai a few days ago and noticed this annoying problem
 
When I tried to use my iphone to figure out where I am, I was always off street.
 
I hate this. Can I change the underlying provider to ditu.g.cn?
Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? hcchen_tw 3/4/10 7:35 PM
"HTC Hero" is ok, it's also using Google map's data. I compared HTC Hero and Apple iPhone 3Gs myself, the map is same Google thing only the User Interface are different. So, it's the User Interface's job to fix the problem that HTC has done since many many months ago. Apple should fix it because iPhone map is their built-in app sold with iPhone. I just called my shop where I bought this iPhone in Taipei. Apple should be called anyway, please do !!!!! Do it frequently.
Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? Tao W. 3/14/10 11:32 PM
Any google guys helping us? I didn't find any support here? There are a lot blogs, help request talking about the alignment, however, Google never responds.

http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/maps/thread?tid=271f19f7f4c21a3c&hl=en
http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/maps/thread?tid=27fe43cf47f74528&hl=en

http://www.google.com/search?num=30&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=BdO&rls=org.mozilla%3Azh-CN%3Aofficial&channel=s&q=%E8%B0%B7%E6%AD%8C%E5%9C%B0%E5%9B%BE+%E5%8D%AB%E6%98%9F%E5%9B%BE+%E5%81%8F%E7%A7%BB&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=

Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? jfujita 3/23/10 2:11 AM
I'm an iPhone developer trying to build an application that uses the map component of the iPhone OS SDK.  I inquired with Apple developer support regarding this issue and this is what they had to say:




Apple Developer Technical Support to me

Please include the line below in follow-up emails for this request.

Follow-up:  99853701

Hello Justin,

The issue you report is not an Apple issue, as the map content comes directly from Google. We have no control over the map data the device receives. I recommend contacting Goggle on this issue.

Thanks,

Jason.

--

Jason Anthony Guy
Senior Manager, DTS


I'm an American developing an iPhone application that needs to utilize the
MKMapView to display markers on a map of China.  It is a well known issue
that map projections for China are rendered incorrectly on Google maps
(satellite and street map tiles don't match).  See:
http://home.wangjianshuo.com/archives/20081109_all_maps_in_china_are_transformed.htm


Seeing as the iPhone's MKMapView component uses google map data and
projections the MKMapView thus suffers from the same bug.  Now that China
Unicom is selling iPhones in China I was wondering how this issue is being
handled.  Do the iPhones sold in the Chinese market use different map tiles?
 If not then surely Chinese iPhone users must be suffering from the same bug
when trying to use the iPhone's native "Maps" application.  I have yet to
hear any feedback from Google or Apple with regards to what action will be
taken to remedy this.  Mapping is a major feature of my application so any
official feedback would be appreciated.


Best,

Justin 
Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? oddbudman 3/24/10 10:26 PM
Interesting to read the Apple response Justin, bit of a copout when you consider they use the maps component as a 'feature' to help sell the phone.  Seems quite unfair to admit that its broken but not try to assist in getting it sorted.  Especially when you consider how well google has ignored this thread.

A friend of mine has a blackberry running google maps which he downloaded here http://www.google.com/mobile/maps/ and it works.  We both took a cab ride around Dongguan in Guangdong China, his blackberry phone was accurate, mine was offset.

Not sure what the point is of this help forum if this issue can go 9months without any response form Google?

oddbudman






Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? banasar 3/25/10 8:33 AM
Hi

I am working in IBM india, Even google is not proper in serving for people. Especialy Asian countries. They are scared to show the white house in google earth they can show in and out of INDIAN Parliament. Another partiality is they are showing half of the INDIAN map as other country

First of all Google is a big company they are showing the extremism to show that they are on the side of USA
First beat equally to every one - Why they cant? , the answer is simple that they need business.I am considering this as a cold war...

Shame GOOGLE!!!
Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? veisongv 4/5/10 2:35 PM
What's more interesting! Is that on my nexus one using standard google maps application everything is ok! But when I try to cache them using TrackBuddy, for example, there is offset. Now I clearly understood that this in made on purpose. Why, I don't know, but since satellite maps navigation (also using cached google maps) is ok and correct, what is the point in adding offset? Just for matching with rules regulations? All right, I say) Way to go) Waiting for official release about this.
Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? jfujita 4/5/10 2:44 PM
Has anyone heard anything official from Google with regards to this?  As developers I think we're entitled to some sort of explanation so we can plan our projects accordingly.
Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? pvgams 4/15/10 8:00 PM
No offset with HTC Touch Pro 2 Google Maps application confirmed in Shenzhen Shanghai and Chengdu.

I have an HTC Touch Pro 2 (Taiwan Company) bought from Hong Kong with inbuilt GPS, Windows Mobile and Google Maps application and using China Mobile data roaming.
I compared with 2 of my friends using their own IPhones with Google Maps and China Mobile data roaming. Both of their maps were offset (impractical to use for navigation on foot)

Garmin GPS Map products bought outside of China have offset. Garmin GPS MAP products bought in China are OK.

Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? yes_maybe 5/4/10 11:37 PM
I have a HK bought iPhone and use English or Chinese language. With the Google Map app, my location in Tuanjiehu Beijing, is pretty much correctly pinned on the map.  If I then click 'satellite' my location is offset by 200m NS and 500m EW.  This is clearly evident as the main roads are mapped on to the satellite and shown correctly/incorrectly.

If I use the Google Earth App, my location is pinned pretty accurately on the satellite imagery, just about 30 metres wrong on the NS axis.

However, if I then take the GPS coordinates from Google Earth App, and enter them on http://www.google.cn/maps or http://ditu.google.com/ the pin is way off, around 400m too far West and 100 metre too far South.

If I put the same coordinates into http://maps.google.com/ I am given the same location as the Google Earth App, so placing me just 30 metres too far north.

What I want to know, if I am presenting GPS coordinates of my business in Beijing, which is accurate?

N39° 56.19 E116° 27.22 - shows correctly (Friendship Hostel) on http://ditu.google.com/ map and satellite as well as  http://maps.google.com/ map but the satellite pins the location 400m to the East and 100m North.
Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? aaron jensen 5/19/10 11:03 PM
I am Tianjin, Northern China, 150km East of Beijing. The map and satellite views are way off here too. Many customers complain that the google map is wrong, however they are using the satellite view, which is has placed my business about 400m down the road inside a residential apartment block.
Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? alex fang 7/2/10 11:16 PM
i found it just the problem of maps.google.com, if you switch to the ditu.google.com, maps view is exactly matching satellite views. i dont know why google didnt fix it.it must be google.com problem. it is puzzling! comon  google....
Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? hustmobile 7/24/10 2:30 AM
For iPhone,if you want to solve the China maps misalignment issue. Try ABCMaps applciation.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/abcmaps/id379582726?mt=8

In China, the built-in iPhone Maps application is distorted and will
show you a position that is 300-1000m randomly from reality.  The
ABCMaps application is to align the maps to the real place.

ABCMaps is Chinese only applcation now. However, it is so easy to use. So even you can not read Chinese you can use it also. The English version will come out in the future.
Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? hustmobile 8/10/10 7:12 PM
ABCMaps is upgraded to version 1.30, English support added.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/abcmaps/id379582726?mt=8
Find out where you are really in China. If you travel in China,
sometimes you will be troubled by China maps offset. The ABCMaps application is to align automatically the maps to the real place .
If available in your area, real-time traffic conditions will be
displayed over the road as color-coded lines by click "Traffic" button.

What's New In Version 1.30
1. English support added
2. Traditional Chinese support added
3. Small bug fix for iOS 3.0
Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? yty 8/27/10 11:07 AM
Fot those who need to geotag their pictures taken in China, read this post http://www.ytraynard.fr/2010/08/decalage-a-la-carte-en-chine/
Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? earlmagnus 4/28/11 12:31 PM
I'm on my way to China and I can't believe this has been a problem for YEARS with no response.  Which which is accurate?  The base map or the satellite map?
Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? earlmagnus 5/25/11 7:13 AM
For those wondering, as I did, which is accurate... the base map appears to be fine and the satellite images are shifted.  I confirmed this on the ground in Beijing, Shanghai and Xi'an.
Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? Laowei 5/25/11 9:22 AM
@earlmagnus

please revise your statement.... it´s not correct
you have 24 hours.
Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? dageshi 5/25/11 9:39 AM
I took gps readings all over china including hangzhou, shanghai, beijing, yangshuo, xi'an last year in march in my experience the satellite imagery is correct and the generated map is not. An easy way to check is to go to google maps along the Hong Kong/China mainland border, Hong Kong is correct on both maps, China is not and this is very obvious in the distorted map along the border.

btw it's fairly obvious that this being done deliberately by google, presumably at China's request, google doesn't make mistakes like this for as long as this.
Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? Laowei 5/25/11 5:18 PM
@dageshi

that´s correct, also your assumption related to China´s "request".
They are very paranoid here about people knowing where they are, what they want, and what goes on in the world out there....
Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? rmentat 6/22/11 8:42 PM
Laowei, that makes no sense, because ditu.google.cn is alligned.

I have found no explanation up to date, and I know the issue for more than one year...
Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? rmentat 6/22/11 8:46 PM
I forget to mention. Shame on Google about their silence. Google is screwing us in so many ways here in China :/
Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? pengkeu 7/11/11 2:54 AM
I have the exact same problem, and it's inexcusable considering it would be such an easy fix. Indeed, ditu.google.cn is aligned properly at all zoom levels (including the TerraMetrics city-wide view) - white maps.google.com is out of alignment at all levels. Considering they use the same satellite imagery from the same providers, it appears the offset was done intentionally.

In fact, I'm almost certain that Google did this intentionally at the request of the Party - after all, the hassle of finding a very specific map location on the low-resolution satellite imagery is a huge deterrent. Most people will simply switch to another service. It's analogous to how the Great Firewall throttles many American sites (especially Gmail). Most people think Google's servers are the problem and will simply leave for another service (Yahoo!, Bing, etc.) out of frustration. Google has the resources and the knowledge to remedy this problem, but they choose not to.

As further evidence:
-Mongolia, Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam are all aligned splendidly; every location in the People's Republic of China, from Lhasa to Shanghai, is out of alignment
-maps.google.com doesn't display Labels at close Satellite zoom levels (if Google was unaware of the problem it would keep the Labels display on - but obviously doing so would expose the mapping faults)

Now, why would the Chinese version work properly and the English version malfunction? I think there are actually two questions there:

1. Why does the English version malfunction?
First off, the Chinese government tends to view foreigners as threats/annoyances. Among other things, they promote democracy, expect everyone to speak English, and frequent seamy bars and clubs. The key is the last point. There's a reason the subways all close before midnight when they could easily function 24/7: the government prefers order and does what it can to tame the nightlife (gambling, prostitution, drinking, and public disturbance in general). Now, to simply attribute this offset to a few obnoxious Americans would be short-sighted, because the motivations run deeper. In general, allowing foreigners (think imperialists) to roam freely to any specific location they want is itself a threat. Enlisting a massively popular mapping service to restrict their movement is a no-brainer.
Is this thinking rational? Probably not. But as the rising tide of nationalism is proving, China will not always act in ways that westerners approve - and may manipulate multinationals to their liking.

2. Why does the Chinese version work properly?
For one, the accurate Chinese version can be used to show that Google is "not censoring" map data - many people on this forum are convinced by that fact alone and doubt any foul play.
Also, the Chinese version of Google Maps simply doesn't pose much of a threat in China, given the alternatives. Chinese people already have native mapping services with accurate data - just take a look at Baidu Maps, which includes a 3D view of Shanghai to boot. Google Maps is just another variation on these services - and in many ways, a forgettable one, given Google's limited success in the country. So clearly the Chinese government is not trying to block their own people from navigating. They don't see enough of a threat in the Chinese Google Maps to require nerfing (an intentional reduction of functionality).

Remember, technology can be manipulated to achieve certain social (restrict movement), political (restrict free speech/association), and economic (bolster Chinese mapping services) goals.

What can you do about it? Contact Google. Write an extension or script for web browsers to correct the problem. Stop using Google Maps.
Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? JeffJ123 9/18/11 4:45 AM
I hate to burst the China vs.Google conspiracy theory, but my satellite image, hybrid overlay and maps all align perfectly on my Android phone.  It is the HTC Inspire from AT&T in the USA.  So I agree with the users who say it is not a hardware issue at least.

This WAS NOT the case initially, but they either fixed the offset, or somehow the China Mobile sim card makes "Google Mobile Maps" connect to the ditu.google.cn maps which were always aligned here in DongGuan at least.  Hey, maybe Google is just trying to keep Apple down!  Ya think?

Now if you  want something really bizarre.  Google Chrome won't display the English or "pinyin" names when browsing ditu.google.com (or ditu.google.cn) maps, but IE will.  

Now that is a mystery I am sure someone can unravel, but I surely cannot.  The only thing I can figure is that I opened the .cn version first in Chrome and somehow it has assumed I don't need the English or pinyin.  It is really odd.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Re: Mainland China maps and satellite images aren't aligned - Google can you fix this please? JeffJ123 9/18/11 5:00 AM
As a follow up:  I figured out the settings for google search were set to Chinese (again) and this is why I was not seeing the  English or Pin Yin on ditu.google.com.  If you guys are not seeing the pinyin, just be sure your google search is set to "English".  In China it often resets itself to Chinese for some reason.

Now if we could as easily figure out why my Android maps app is aligned and the Apple one isn't, then I think we would have something!
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