Diving into the Yangtze river

Wuhan & Xining

Early August 2010

35mmPatrikWallner_Shenzhen_BaggageLOWQAnd after a day of filming in Shenzhen, the Converse trip starts… Rolling on a W+K shoot = a lot of luggage!


Besides me being the DOP and Cameraman, we had two great filmers along, Dana from Canada and Danny from Shenzhen. But the list doesn’t stop here… We also had a team manager along, three producers, one director, an assisting cameraman, one editor, one from the creative department, two personal assistants, two location managers, three skaters and a bunch of locals… Yes around twenty people at some points for a skate trip… It was pretty epic!


35mmPatrikWallner_Wuhan_TheBeachLOWQAfter a short train ride to central china, we arrived in Wuhan. Quite industrial but has a pretty interesting touch to it, as well as a couple unique spots parallel to the river.



35mmPatrikWallner_Wuhan_DanaRestingLOWQWuhan is not as tamed to foreigners as some other eastern cities by the coast. Dana and I were getting drinks by the hotel and Dana being the most foreign looking creature on the face on the Western Hemisphere, led to a small girl crying in the store.

35mmPatrikWallner_Wuhan_MarriagesArePopularLOWQGetting married and increasing the population!

35mmPatrikWallner_Wuhan_ConnectingCitiesLOWQMaking the Middle Kingdom ever larger!

35mmPatrikWallner_Wuhan_StairsToDiveLOWQProbably the most amusing experience in Wuhan was to dive into the Yangtze River from the platform. Dana topped it all with a surprising canadian backflip into the river… blew my mind!



35mmPatrikWallner_Wuhan_NikkiLOWQNikki from Converse.



35mmPatrikWallner_Xining_HiddenPinocoLOWQOne of my favorites!


35mmPatrikWallner_Wuhan_ThumbingLOWQShotgunning beers and skating the terminal at the airport! ONLY in China will you get away filming lines while getting drunk right before catching your flight!


35mmPatrikWallner_Wuhan_ConverseOnScreenLOWQAfter some turbulence and sketchy landing, we arrived in central western China, Xining.


Xining lays in the Qinghai province in central-western China.

35mmPatrikWallner_Xining_PrayerLOWQDongguan Mosque.


35mmPatrikWallner_Xining_ParkingSittingLOWQGoing to Xi’an always feels like a trip, seeing the Islam influence within the Chinese culture is something still new and interesting in my eyes. Going to Xining was definitely a degree more Muslim. Seeing three cultures combined in one, Chinese, Hui (Muslim) and Tibetan is quite a change after mainly seeing pure Chinese on the coast.




35mmPatrikWallner_Xining_TrasherWallrideLOWQThrasher Wallride, before breaking his foot on some other new unique spot in the west…

35mmPatrikWallner_Kunming_TrasherBrokenFootLOWQThrasher was finished, only two skaters left…

35mmPatrikWallner_Xining_MonksConfusedLOWQOne of the monks here was a friend of Xu Ying. Check the one on the right wearing fake Adidas with four stripes…

35mmPatrikWallner_Xining_CloseUpXuYingLOWQXu Ying, warrior from the north…

35mmPatrikWallner_Xining_OperaSingerLOWQNot often do I get goose bumps when I hear people sing, but while we were dining in a Xinjiang cuisine restaurant, we kept hearing someone sing opera a couple rooms away. The man pointing was able to chant some traditional Mongolian songs, as well as classical Italian opera… I wish photos would record audio…






35mmPatrikWallner_Xining_WesternMedicineLOWQThe sign on the left says “Western Medicine”… This says it all, modern takes out traditional medicine.