Baidu announced TotalView, a Street View-like feature for its Baidu Maps service.  Total View is available as a feature inside Baidu Maps, and, unsurprisingly, it’s very Street View-like in its appearance.  Total View is Web-only and available for just three cities in China – Shenyang, Wuxi and Fenghuang — however Baidu has opened an API for developers, allowing them to include Total View in apps and other services.

Rival Alibaba is also building up its maps business and, after launching its own Taobao mapping service for China last October, it paid $294 million for a 28 percent share of Autonavi, China’s top mapping service.