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Old April 4th, 2007, 06:45 PM   #1
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Default Skating around Xi'an City Wall (China)

I did it!

As announced in another thread (http://www.skatelogforum.com/forums/...ead.php?t=2496) I skated around the city wall of Xi'an, China.

Here is the full story:

This morning was the last chance for me to do this skate, because I will leave tomorrow to be back home for Good Friday. Theoretically I could also have done a night skate, but that seemed a little bit too risky to me. So I set my alarm clock to 6 o'clock in the morning, did not care for my jet-lag, and put my Schwarzeneggerish body into the skate log shirt (and others, because it was pretty fresh, some 6 degrees Celsius, I guess) and posed for a delayed-action shutter release photo in front of the Bell Tower.



The Bell Tower is right in the city center of Xi'an and about 500 years at this place. Usually there is more traffic than at the Piccadilly Circus, but at this time of the day the streets were still pretty empty. Otherwise it would not have been possible to take a photo without cars/busses in front of the Bell Tower.
So I had no time to waste and started of towards the South Gate of the city wall on one of the bicycle/taxi/local bus lanes. The sun has not yet shown here golden face at that time, so there was not enough light for my camera to take pictures in reasonable quality while skating.

Therefore the next picture for you is only at the West Gate. I especially like the Muslim jogger who ran into my picture. (Kathie, please forgive me that I put this warning vest above the skatelog shirt. Next version should have reflective printing ...)



Xi'an has one of the biggest Muslim communities in China and a famous Muslim market close to the drum tower, which is only hundred meters away from the Bell Tower and has about the same size and age.

Speaking of age: The city wall of Xi'an is more than 630 years old. It has a rectangular shape with the sides 4+3+4+3=14 kilometers long - if you would skate on top of it. This might be possible, but not in the morning, because it's closed before 8 o'clock and in the night you would certainly skate into one of the wholes where a brick is missing. During the day 3 laps would make a nice marathon, but a pretty rough one...
The wall is about 12 meters high and 12 to 15 meters wide on its top, even wider at its bottom.

May be these photos give you an impression of the dimensions:






Below the North Gate some young people performed their morning dance to Chinese Techno music (how do I post a sound file here?):






Soon after that I found out that the bicycle lane is also allowed not only for taxis in duty, but also when under repair:



Then finally the sun rose like a pretty big orange. But she was still not strong enough to warm neither me nor the street sweeper who prepared the track for me (by the way: pretty smooth tarmac here in Xi'an).



I passed the area in front of Xi'an's main station (more than half of the tour behind me)



and shortly afterwards reached the North East corner. I had to hurry a little bit (taking pictures put me behind schedule). So this comes together with the South East corner




and a proof that I still was on skates


Here some other modes of transportation in Xi'an:


and a picture showing that you better do not cross the streets of China alone


Finally I made it back to the hotel in time for a shower, a short breakfast and the conference I am attending here.


I hope you enjoyed the tour.

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Old April 4th, 2007, 07:03 PM   #2
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what a great experience and adventure. seems like it was fun and gratifying. where you there on business or what? glad you had fun, really enjoyed the pics and story.
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Old April 4th, 2007, 08:44 PM   #3
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Absolutely great pictures of your experience. Some really great wide angles!
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Old April 4th, 2007, 08:47 PM   #4
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Beautiful pics and great travelog!!

I had a professional interest in China back in the '70s and '80s and have always wanted to visit...maybe one of these days the trip will happen!!
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Clemens, Thanks for sharing! It's made my afternoon tolerable.
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Old April 4th, 2007, 10:16 PM   #6
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Awsome Adventures!!!
Awsome Pictures Too!
I Am Jealous!!!
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Old April 5th, 2007, 02:37 AM   #7
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Ni hao!

Thanks for all these nice words.

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where you there on business or what?
Yes. Part of my work is to be a delegate at a standardization organisation for management of mobile networks (2nd, 3rd generation and beyond). This body meets six times a year, 2 of them in Europe, 2 in North America, 2 in Asia (mostly China). Each meeting lasts from Monday to Friday, so I usually have the week-end before or after to be a tourist.

If you are interested in another story by me about skating in China please have a look to http://www.strub.ca/july-newsletter4.htm

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Old April 5th, 2007, 03:16 AM   #8
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Clemons,
That is impressive skating. You are pretty nervy to lace up in a foreign city and go off like that. Even with the protective gear and the lights you are still hanging it out pretty far. Good job!
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Ni hao!

Thanks for all these nice words.


Yes. Part of my work is to be a delegate at a standardization organisation for management of mobile networks (2nd, 3rd generation and beyond). This body meets six times a year, 2 of them in Europe, 2 in North America, 2 in Asia (mostly China). Each meeting lasts from Monday to Friday, so I usually have the week-end before or after to be a tourist.

If you are interested in another story by me about skating in China please have a look to http://www.strub.ca/july-newsletter4.htm

Zhi Hao
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thats awesome, sounds like fun and a good job too. although the traveling might get to you and your family at times.
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although the traveling might get to you and your family at times.
A very true statement
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Old April 5th, 2007, 12:30 PM   #11
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Great shots! I guess you know that Eddie Matzger has video of him skating the wall at skatecentral.com. I think he should include still photos along with his videos as your photos are gorgeous, especially the panoramas. The morning lighting is incredible and these look good enough to sell.
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