Baidu Map – Guide your way in the city
As the biggest search engine in China, Baidu is similar to Google on many ways, but it is designed to cater the needs of Chinese and becomes more like a portal site trying to provide all kinds of information. You may have a strong feeling on it when using Baidu Map.
Let’s go to the interface and see what we can get from Baidu Map. Below is the first page when choosing a location in China at random. On the left side is the map, and on the right is a set of location you can choose, such as restaurant, hotel, supermarket, hospital, etc.
You can choose one of those items, and continue searching. I clicked on “Restaurant”, and got another page showing all the details, see below:
On section A, you can filter result on types of restaurants, Chinese food, western food, Japanese food, fast food, hotpot, etc. Section B is the price range. On section C you can range results from the score on taste, price, comments, services. Section D is the final result, with detailed information such as rating, price, picture, and location. You can click to check out in details. Since Baidu launched Open Platform and worked with all kinds of information providing sites, all the comments or rating you see is not only made by Baidu users, but also by other sites members. On this case, Baidu gave the exposure to other sites, and at the same time, collect a comparatively complete data to provide a more accurate result for users.
If you want to check related shops, banks, or hospitals nearby, you can find it within a circle, and users can choose the range, and choose the ideal place within the circle. Also real-time traffic is available to help people define which road to take, which is convenient and user-friendly.
From the search experience, you can feel the differences from Google. Do you think the information Baidu Map provides is useful?
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12 June 2013 / 13 June 2013