List of Physical Visualizations
and Related Artifacts

1999 – World’s Largest Solid Terrain Model


In 2006, a mysterious 900x700m solid terrain model with military facilities was discovered by a German Google Earth user next to the Chinese town of Huangyangtan. It was quickly identified as a 1:500 replica of a disputed area in Tibet between China and India 2400km away, with perfectly matching orientation. Chinese authorities claimed the model was built 7-8 years earlier as a tank training facility. It is unclear whether the right image represents the same model.


  1. Newswatch (2011) The mystery of Huangyangtan.
  2. Left image from, right image from

Added by Pierre Dragicevic on January 14, 2015. Category: Physical model Tags: , , , , ,