Home > Index > Latest News
From: China Daily 2011-07-20 15:37:00
Text size
Tibet and the art of motorcycles

Motorcyclists (L-R) Tang Yiping, Wu Gang and Zhu Xiaofeng meet at the Potala Square in Lhasa on Sunday after dozens of days of travel from Zhejiang, Hebei and Heilongjiang provinces. (Photo China Daily) 
Motorcyclists (L-R) Tang Yiping, Wu Gang and Zhu Xiaofeng meet at the Potala Square in Lhasa on Sunday after dozens of days of travel from Zhejiang, Hebei and Heilongjiang provinces. (Photo China Daily)

Three motorcycles stopped side by side at the Potala Palace Square on Sunday afternoon, as their drivers stood watching the towering Potala Palace, the sight of which they said was worth their dozen days of marathon driving.

By different routes - from Zhejiang, Heilongjiang and Hebei provinces - the three men in their mid-30s reached the same goal making their maiden excursion to the capital of Tibet at a time when the region is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its peaceful liberation.

Tang Yiping, who rolled from Jiaxing city of East China's Zhejiang on July 1, said the trio came to know each other only after they met near Tibet, and each had something in their heart that drew them to the roof of the world.

For Tang, who runs a store at taobao.com, a leading online shopping website, the Tibet trip was a virtual world made real.

I found it amazing to have dozens of customers from Tibet. They bought bags and fur products from my online store, Tang said. This has added to my curiosity, prompting me to see what their daily life is like.

Tibet is more prosperous than he thought, Tang observed, and the streets cleaner.

He said the journey helped him know more about Tibetans and their culture.

Tang's companion Zhu Xiaofeng, from Suihua city of Northeast China's Heilongjiang, said he had calculated making it to Lhasa in mid-July, when the autonomous region marks the peaceful liberation of 1951 with a series of spectacular celebrations.

In 1951, the Agreement of the Central People's Government and the Local Government of Tibet on Measures for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet - the “17-Article Agreement” for short - was signed in Beijing.

The Potala Palace is more grand and beautiful than I saw in pictures, Zhu said. Lhasa is neat and in good order, and oddly, you can see farm vehicles on streets.

Lhasa is an important milestone in Zhu's motorcycle trip around China, which he embarked on at the beginning of this summer vacation.

[editor : ]
Related Stories
· I'll not scale top of Mt. Qomolangma onwards: Apa Sherpa
· Chamdo hails 27th New Year's Race
· Lhoka kindergarten celebrates Guangzhou Asian Games
· Winners of Lhasa Fifth Interntional Half Marathon
· Marathon returns after 2,500 years
  Most Popular
  • Asia's holiest mountain to see highest charity race ...
  • Tibetan Buddhism among Mosuo people
  • Railway to Tibet stands safety, environment tests
  • Nearly 20,000 Tibetan antelopes return to Hoh Xil
  • Former Tibetan serfs become millionaires
  • New Beijing-Tibet expressway project approved
  • Tibet builds national parks to woo international sig...
  • Tibet's import-export value in 2010 hits decade high
  •   CAPDTC News
  • CAPDTC hosts New Year reception
  • 11th Panchen Erdeni Qoigyi Gyibo donates and prays f...
  • Top Chinese political advisor meets attendees at CPA...
  • Top political advisor stresses protection of Tibetan...
  • Overseas Chinese urged to introduce Tibet in foreign...
  • CAPDTC: Newly-elected directors vow to protect Tibet...
  • Representatives at 2nd Conference of CAPDTC
  • New leadership elected in CAPDTC Executive Council
  •   Latest News
  • Preferential policies boost sustainable growth in Ti...
  • A nursing house built in Yi-ong tea plantation
  • China State Council approves plan for 138.4-billion-...
  • Vice President Xi orders officials to push for devel...
  • A fascinating region of incredible beauty
  • A gift for Tibetan children
  • Tibet through my eyes
  • Tibet and the art of motorcycles
  •   Lesson Six: Family
      Hello, Everyone! Welcome to Learning Tibetan. In this lesson, we will learn some new words and sentences about family.
    About Us
    Contact Us
    Site Map
    Legal Warning
    Copyright © China Association for Preservation and Development of Tibetan Culture ( CAPDTC )