The massive construction projects undertaken for the Expo has made Shanghai into one of the world’s largest construction sites: marble ledges, iron bars, stairs, gaps and rails are everywhere. These elements combined are enough to grab any skateboarder by his ball bearings.
Since arriving in China in the late 1980s the country’s skate scene has been growing gradually. Shanghai has always been at the forefront of this new movement with the opening of Fly Streetwear, the county’s first skateshop in 1999. Then the construction of the world’s largest skatepark, SMP, on the outskirts of the city in 2005. And, most recently, the opening of Top Toys Skatepark in June 2010.
With the rapidly growing skate-savvy youth of the city and increasing skate-tourism, Shanghai looks poised to become one of the top skating cities in the world.