Currently I am sitting down for some breakfast in Taipei. A lot of the food here is a bit odd but I’ve managed to find toast with eggs (my tummy is happy). Just went through a grip of photos I have from last weeks China Longboard Festival and I figured now’s probably a good time to post these up before we take off into the hills of Taiwan.
Since it’s such a long flight to China I decided to bring my friend #projectcat with me. I even purchased him a seat next to me!
One hole, two plugs. American Airlines Fail.
Once I landed in China I started breaking the rules. #rebel
Even though it was night time in Beijing (morning for my internal clock), I still felt it necessary to get some coffee. You can always count on Starbucks for a mediocre americano.
Yates was a little jet-lagged but #projectcat was ready to explore the city!
Our hotel room included these. I slept better at night knowing I was safe.
Nick, Yates and I took off to explore the city for the day. Beijing is an incredibly skate-able city. Very flat and very smooth pavement.
We found this rad market that had all kinds of delicious fruits.
It also had some disgusting fish. Yates saw this guy pull out a live catfish and club it to death.
Yes, we are tourist. And no, you’re not supposed to do this.
This was an old run down aqua park (kinda like Sea World). I saw a guy fishing in this big green pond. I wonder if he caught anything and I wonder if it was edible.
My shred sled for the day.
This is my kinda store!
Chrome car? Swag.
I just got an iPhone5. Kinda kicking myself for nor purchasing the iPhone6.
I was pleasantly surprised to see that they had my favorite beer in China. It was a little pricy though.
So we got cheap beer!
Our front of the Cold Mountain skate shop they had a river. Nick ollied over it no problem.
That evening we took off into the mountains for the China Longboard Festival. Yates was there last year and showed us this rad ditch. It was a bit dirty but very fun!
The locals were stoked to have us try “special” foods. That means we ate things like lamb spine, sheep dick and sheep balls. My tummy didn’t feel very special afterwards.
Our alarm clock was a few hundred firecrackers. Welcome to China.
We judged a dancing contest for the first part of the day. Luckily I had a rad crew of homies to help. I know very little about dancing.
They had a high jump contest and these guys strapped on their gnar-boots. Who would have thought that these guys had this level of hop?!?
Need to move an event tent? No problem.
They had a boarder-cross event and the final part was to draw a horse. We felt this guy drew the best one. Sometimes you gotta draw to win.
Very big turnout for the 4th year of this event.
I think Nick tagged my skateboard…
This was a rotten, pickled egg. At first it didn’t taste too bad but the after taste was awful. I told the local guys it was good and held back my tears.
At the event dinner everybody stood up and introduced themselves. Some people even shotgunned beers. They have much to learn in the ways of rapid-alcohol-consumption.
Vera and I found an abandoned bumper-boat pond. It was a little creepy…
This girl dumped half a bottle of Jager in her drink and then stumbled back to the party. I knew I had to get a photo with her.
Party was rad. Music was decent. Booze was free. Everybody was turnt.
After a slow morning, Yates was back on the hunt for big roads.
This is a good sign for a quality hill.
I saw (and signed) more chubby unicorns than I knew existed. The Chinese loves these boards.
Vera is rad.
#projectcat is rad
The downhill and slide jam ran a bit late so we had the awards ceremony in the dark. Our homie and fellow Landyachtz rider “Light” got best trick in the slide jam and won the downhill race. Never met this guy until this trip but he’s incredibly talented. Keep an eye out for Light.
We had noodles in the presence of sheep. It was pleasant.
Off to do more exploring with Nicholas BROton
Got to cruise by the “Nest.” Quite an impressive structure.
The slide hill went down to an underground road that is no longer used. We had a jump a fence to get in the apparently the police are cool with it.
The dragon building was right at the top of the hill. ooo000ooo….
We walked by this store and the gal who worked there came up to me and said, “Hello, some panda?” I’m still laughing about it to this day. I guess you had to be there.
Did you say Moon Festival?!? I LOVE the moon!
Ethan Apple Orchard was stoked that we got to hit up this classy karaoke joint. But he was also a bit drunk off some serious chinese liquor.
Vera keeps his pimp-hand strong.
Adam keeps his beer-hand strong.
The karaoke joint was rad and we stayed there way too late. I was in heaven.
This wasn’t my breakfast but it should have been.
We had some incredibly delicious duck for lunch. Quite possibly one of the best things I’ve eaten on this trip so far.
And to end the first part of the #LYAsianInvasion I’ll leave you with this image of a not so appetizing duck. Check back for another post on Taiwan and another on Korea. Or follow our hashtag on social media stuffs.