Hi guest, Register | Login | Contact Us
Welcome to Phayul.com - Our News Your Views
Sat 20, Oct 2018 08:03 AM (IST)
Search:     powered by Google
Photo News
Statements &
Press Releases

Book Reviews
Movie Reviews
News Discussions
News Archives
Download photos from Tibet
 Latest Stories
Tibetans, Mongolians, Uyghurs protest China at ASEM summit in Brussels
Chinese workers attack Tibetans for protesting illegal construction
Will continue to lobby for party-based democracy, says NDPT
Landslides, flooding in Chamdo due to China’s excessive mining and construction projects: rights group
Odisha Tibetans at mercy of aid as Cyclone Titli destroys 90% of crops
CTA holds “Thank You Himachal Pradesh,” in Shimla
9th Tibet Film Festival held in Dharamshala, Zurich
China set to build “world’s most challenging” railway line in occupied-Tibet
Karmapa title claimants meet, express willingness to heal divisions in the lineage
Repression on multiple fronts in Tibet, says report by US Commission on China
 Latest Photo News
Winner of the Miss Himalaya Pageant 2018 Ritika Sharma, First Runner-up Palak Sharma and Second-Runner-up Ashima Sharma wave to the audience during the Miss Himalaya Pageant 2018 in McLeod Ganj, India, on 6 October 2018, Photo: L. Wangyal
His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrives to begin his four day teaching on the request of a Taiwanese group, Tsuglakhang courtyard, Theckchen Choeling, McLeod Ganj, October . 3, 2018. OHHDL Photo/Ven. Tenzin Jamphel
Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama addresses the gathering during the 50th year celebration of Tibet Insitute Rikon. The event was attended by around 4000 people from all parts of Europe. Around 4000 people have come to attend the function organised by Tibet Institute Rikon with support of Tibetan Community in Switzerland and Liechtensein. Winterthur, September 22, 2018. Phayul photo/Norbu Wangyal
more photos »
Tibetan biker faces uncertainty over completion of world tour
Phayul[Monday, September 20, 2010 17:14]
By Tenzin Tsering

Lhakpa sets on his world tour in March, 2010/file
Lhakpa sets on his world tour in March, 2010/file
Dharamsala, September 20: A Tibetan man from USA, on a world bike tour for Tibet since March this year, faces the uncertainty of reaching his destination, Dharamsala, after his bike was impounded by the custom authorities at Chennai, India.

Lhakpa Tsering, a Tibetan immigrant who worked as a houseman and butler for a living, started his Free Tibet World tour from the United Nations Office in New York City on March 10 this year to coincide with the 51st Tibetan national uprising day. Since then, Lhakpa travelled around the world, passing through 22 countries, on his motorcycle for more than 7 months, creating awareness about Tibet and garnering support.

Lhakpa planned to conclude his tour at Dharamsala, the headquarters of the exile Tibetan government, next month. His plans have, however, been hampered after custom authorities in Chennai seized his bike, a BMW motorcycle, after his arrival in India on Wednesday, and have since refused to release the bike to its owner.

“I am having huge problem with my documents. They won’t release my motorcycle,” Lhakpa said. “I will use all my resource, and I will try my best not to leave India until I finish my tour,” the determined biker added.

Before reaching India, Lhakpa’s bike tour took him through Canada, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, France, England, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Japan and Australia, among others.

On March 10, 2008, when widespread uprisings broke out in Tibet against the Chinese Communist rule, Lhakpa was in New York with his seven-year old daughter and wife.

“I felt then that I have to keep the Tibetan cause going,” said Lhakpa.

He recalled how as a student in the Tibetan Children’s Village, he had resolved to travel across continents on a motorcycle like many foreigners do; only his would be aimed at educating people around the world about Tibet and the Tibetan cause, not merely to have fun.

On March 2009, after deciding to embark upon his Free Tibet World tour, Lhakpa bought the “extremely expensive” $21,000 bike with his savings. “I decided that for the Tibetan cause I can spend my money. I never bought anything truly expensive before,” he reasoned.

When Lhakpa launched his tour-related website -- www.freetibetworldtour.com -- it did not take too long for China to notice. Despite “Free Tibet” words being censored in China, there have been 22 log-ins from China, Lhakpa said.

“I know that the Chinese officials are watching what I am doing, and that makes me think I am doing the right thing for Tibet,” Lhakpa wrote on his website.

Travelling across the world, Lhakpa has been greeted by Tibetan communities at every stop, and has been speaking at a diverse group of gatherings about Tibet.

“There were Chinese women who listened to my speech and thanked me for what I am doing for the Tibetan cause,” Lhakpa said. “One of them told me that she understands and knows what was and is going on in Tibet. She said she is sorry for what is happening in Tibet,” he added.

Lhakpa will begin his last leg of the world tour from Chennai to Dharamsala as soon as the Indian customs officials release his bike.

Print Send Bookmark and Share
  Readers' Comments »
Phayul, better late than never!! (Dhondupgyal)
best wishes (tibgrl)
Keep It Up Lhakpa (yako)
Re: Write to chennai Customs (horseshoes)
custom rules (anjede)
The Tibetan man from USA... (pedhma)
thank you (Sumtsul)
Your Comments

 Other Stories
Tibetan biker faces uncertainty over completion of world tour
Dalai Lama made an honorary citizen of Hungarian capital
Doctor, beauty queen support Tibet cause with blood
China and Japan Escalate Standoff Over Fishing Captain
Buddhism and ecology
Followers of Ogyen Trinley Dorje to rally for his enthronement at Rumtek
Photo Galleries
Phayul.com does not endorse the advertisements placed on the site. It does not have any control over the google ads. Please send the URL of the ads if found objectionable to editor@phayul.com
Copyright © 2004-2018 Phayul.com   feedback | advertise | contact us
Powered by Lateng Online