Photos: The Rise of Skateboarding Culture in China

The world’s biggest skatepark is in Shanghai, but there are plenty of other places to skateboard in China, including those not designated for skating.

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When asked about the difference between skateboarding in the U.S. and in China, skater Danny Zhang, who grew up in San Diego, enthused about “all that marble, and smooth ground” in Shanghai and the lack of hostility: “the people and the government as a whole don’t treat skaters like crimmals.”

See a YouTube video of Chelin, a top Chinese skater, ranked number four by the Chinese Extreme Sports Association in 2004.

Bronze statues of skateboarders pop up in various cities in China. In Shenzhen:

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In Changsha:

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