Lost in Ordos - Photostory

Kevin Metallier gives us a richer experience of the Chinese skate paradise through his photos.

There seems little doubt that the city of Ordos in Inner Mongolia, China, will become one of the 'must-visit' cities for skaters. Korahn Gayle, Daniel Pannemann, Thaynan Costa, Alex Mizurov, Antony Lopez and Bastien Duverdier weren’t the first to come here, but they are among the pioneers who have skated this almost surreal place.

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Alex Mizurov, 360 Kickflip
Alex Mizurov, 360 Kickflip

Alex Mizurov, 360 Kickflip

In the heart of the new city there are plazas beyond count and all virtually deserted. Here, almost everything is skateable and Alex makes the most of it.

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Antony Lopez
Antony Lopez

Antony Lopez

There are countless empty tables outside one of the central squares but in the middle of the afternoon, Antony is the only customer in sight.

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Antony Lopez, Backside Flip
Antony Lopez, Backside Flip

Antony Lopez, Backside Flip

This spot is right in front of the main police station in Ordos, which would normally rule out any prospect of a session. However, our session lasted about an hour, and some cops even showed up to lend Antony some support.

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Antony Lopez, Twin Towers
Antony Lopez, Twin Towers

Antony Lopez, Twin Towers

The Twin Towers of Ordos. The two highest buildings of the new city, just like the others downtown, remain empty. That doesn't perturb Anto as he uses the walkways.

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Daniel Pannemann, Ollie
Daniel Pannemann, Ollie

Daniel Pannemann, Ollie

First trick and first photo of the trip. This spot is right at the entrance of the Bank Of China, and the few employees and pedestrians around enjoy what may be a surreal scene for them. Daniel warms up, and isn’t yet through with surprises.

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Daniel Pannemann, Wallie
Daniel Pannemann, Wallie

Daniel Pannemann, Wallie

There is a real 'copy and paste' feel to the identical empty residential buildings as far as the eye can see. Daniel thought wallies might shake the place up and bring some life to the neighbourhood.

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Korahn Gayle, Frontside 180
Korahn Gayle, Frontside 180

Korahn Gayle, Frontside 180

As the Chinese construction frenzy continues, Korahn explores the many spots that cross his path. Frontside 180, just for fun.

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Ordos
Ordos

Ordos

Another great thing about Ordos is that traffic jams are as rare as snowfall in the Sahara desert.

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Korahn Gayle, Switch Backside Heelflip
Korahn Gayle, Switch Backside Heelflip

Korahn Gayle, Switch Backside Heelflip

In this picture of Korahn there is an unusual detail – the passers-by in the background.

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Scooter
Scooter

Scooter

Rush hour on the city's main road. Here's what the traffic looks like in the area during peak time. Breathtaking!

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Thaynan Costa, Boardslide
Thaynan Costa, Boardslide

Thaynan Costa, Boardslide

The number of brand new handrails spread across downtown Ordos is pretty high, Thaynan duly christened a lot of them.

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Taxis
Taxis

Taxis

A long queue of taxis outside an airport terminal. They may not have customers, but just in case...

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Thaynan Costa, Crooked Grind Pop Over
Thaynan Costa, Crooked Grind Pop Over

Thaynan Costa, Crooked Grind Pop Over

Still no sign of life in the area, and another rail which was powerless against the assault of the Portuguese assassin.

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Ordos
Ordos

Ordos

After several days spent here the emptiness become an integral part of our daily lives. Returning home could be a difficult transition.

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