One of these are the handy map stands dotted around the city areas that Ryo can purchase for $10 a pop (if Ryo hasn't spent all his cash on capsule toys). Buying a map results in it being superimposed in real-time on the screen.
|Real-time map on the HUD|
The map images used up in the display are stored on the disk as individual image files. For example, the Workers Pier image for the map above looks like this:
|Map of Workers' Pier|
as it exists on disk
|Ryo arrives in Guilin|
Langhuishan is the small riverside village in Guilin to which Ryo travels to by boat near the end of Shenmue II. It consists of a few small stalls and shops, and a road that leads away along a tributary of the main river.
|The village appears to be deserted on arrival...|
Among the map image files on the last disk of Shenmue II, I found a map created just for this village. This map is not displayed during the normal course of the game.
Comparing the map details with the actual game some minor differences. The position of some of the small stalls has changed, the size of the Langhui shop should be larger than shown and a large wooden shelter near the wharf is missing. Other areas like the wharf and shape of the road are accurate.
Being such a small village, a map is hardly necessary so it's easy to understand why there is no map for sale there, and hence it remained an unused asset in the game.
|Ryo searches in vain for a map stand.|