Tibetan campaigner Lhakpa Tsering received a hero’s welcome as he rode into Mcleod Ganj, India – the final destination on his eight-month RTW motorcycle tour for the Tibetan cause.
Forty-one-year-old Tsering was greeted by cheering crowds of Tibeten refugees, also on motorbikes, as he rolled his BMW GS 1200 into Dharmsala, where spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has been living in exile since fleeing Tibet in 1959.
Tsering, now a resident New Yorker, left the UN office in NYC on 10 March 2010, the 51st anniversary of the failed Tibeten upraising against the Chinese rule. His goal was to travel through 22 countries, raising awareness of Tibet’s struggles. "I thought somebody had to make Tibetan people's voice heard,” He explains. “ I decided to go around the world telling people about our plight."
"It was a very fulfilling experience. I was successful in what I set out to do - to tell people about the illegal occupation of Tibet by China,"
The 35,000 km tour took Tsering through Canada, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, France, England, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Japan, Australia, and finally to the orphanage in India where he grew up.
Tsering was born in exile in India after his mother fled Tibet in 1959, six months pregnant with him. Tsering was raised in an orphanage in Dharmsala following the death of his parents in 1960. “If China had not occupied Tibet, we would not have been in exile, or orphans,” he said.
“Life is comfortable in New York City, but the pictures of the suffering of the Tibetans inside Tibet moved me to undertake the tour.” He added,” I am happy and satisfied, and now looking forward to join my family in New York.”