Google Maps hacks to help you ace Chinese New Year visitations

Google Maps hacks to help you ace Chinese New Year visitations

Gong xi, gong xi

Text: Denise Kok

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A new way to navigate an old tradition

Trust the good folk at Google to map over 200 countries and territories in the world. Yes, even North Korea hasn't been spared. Closer to home, the team has developed some nifty features that'll help you shuttle between multiple Chinese New Year visitations without breaking a sweat. 

1. Arrange for a pick-up right in the app

Getting to places just got easier with Google Maps' latest update. The app is now integrated with ride-sharing service Uber, which means you can book a ride without having to exit Google Maps.

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2. Tap into real-time transit bus information

Besides partnering with Uber, Google has worked with the Land Transport Authority to ensure you get real-time updates for buses plying Singapore. Beyond providing detailed route information, this new feature allows you to know exactly when your bus is arriving — useful if your grandma is pressuring you to wrap up one last game of mahjong with her.

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3. Navigate yet another shopping mall 

Need to stock up on pineapple tarts from Bengawan Solo? Look up the store's location on Google Maps and it'll help you to find its exact spot in the mall. Major shopping malls with the Indoor Maps feature include 313@Somerset, Vivo City and ION Orchard. With more than 110 venues in Singapore mapped, consider Google Maps to be your trusty digital shopping directory.

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Google Maps is available for download on Android and iOS mobile phones.