I’m sorry to report that the ExploreShanghai city map will be taken offline at the end of the year.
Unfortunately due to work commitments I haven’t had time to really finish it or implement new features, and that looks unlikely to change for the foreseeable future. Shanghai still desperately needs a good English-language online street map, and if you want to develop one I wish you good luck!
The good news is I will continue to update the metro map with new lines, stations and features: see the next post for more details!
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Matt, sorry to hear that the city map is to be retired. I really like your map service but I agree with you that maintaining a good english-language map is very time consuming. i am curious to know where will this map go?
Oh no! I counted on the city map to learn the hanzi! Any recommendation as to where to find an online map that lets you toggle?
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The old map is still available at
http://www.exploreshanghai.com/beta/ for the time being.
UUmap (www.uumap.com) have a toggleable map – though it only seems to work properly in Internet Explorer.
Try http://www.uumap.com/?cityCode=310000 and click the small E/中 button underneath the zoom slider to toggle.
http://www.shanghaiexpat.com/index.php?name=map&map_language=en Shanghai Expat also have a dual-language map
The best of the Chinese maps are probably Google and Microsoft’s offerings:
SmartShanghai.com has a good online map:
Well, I’ll use uumap for now, but it’s not as cool as yours. And besides smartshanghai maps errors (no, i haven’t reported them, I know I should) I still don’t know how to toggle it to see hanzi. please leave your beta map up, it’s still more useful to me!
For information on some of the challenges involved with making a good online street map in China, you can read this interview with Microsoft’s Vincent Tao: http://radar.oreilly.com/archives/2007/12/live-maps-in-china-an-intervie.html