Here are some photos from Ordos City in Inner Mongolia, China which we visited in early September to see if there was anything to skate. The crew consisted of James Capps, Elliot, Brian Dolle, Charles Lanceplaine, Patrik Wallner, Jay Meador, Gustav, Alex Hwang, and myself.
In the Mongolian language, “Ordos” means Palaces and from walking around the city, you def. notice all the unique architecture in the buildings; everything from the art museum to the library. It almost feels like a Greek city, with many massive statues standing everywhere. This is their art museum, which is a nice visit, showcasing the city design and the relationship between Mongols and Han Chinese over the past decade.
Ordos City is known to be one of China’s ghost towns. A city built for millions of people, while lying almost uninhabitated for the most part. This made it quite difficult for us to find places to eat without going to the same food court everyday. It was also very much colder in Ordos than in Shanghai (where we flew in from) and trying to buy a jacket/sweater in Ordos was very difficult since… there was no where to find the stores!
When we arrived in Ordos, we were lucky enough to catch the tailend of the Nadam Festival, a yearly festival consisting of Mongolian wrestling, horseback riding, and archery (think Mongolian Olympics). We weren’t able to catch any of the games themselves, but with the help of the very friendly hotel staff, were able to catch the rehearsals of their closing ceremony…. if only it wasn’t freezing cold outside!
Brian Dolle severely rolled his ankle about an hour after stepping off the airplane warming-up in front of the hotel. With the help of numerous bags of ice and a full day of lying in bed at the hotel, was able to get back on the board within a few days!
Videoclip coming soon!