DHARAMSHALA, September 10: News have emerged of a two Tibetan tour guides having been sentenced to life in prison by China in 2010, a Tibetan woman tour guide who recently escaped to India told the media.
According to the woman who has worked as tour guide, China had sentenced the two Tibetan tour guides to life imprisonment for alleged political activities. She added that the Chinese authorities then barred foreigners from travelling to Mt. Everest (Jhomo Langma).
Tsering Samdup, in his mid 20s from Shigatse was sentenced to life after authorities reportedly found out that an American climber from Samdup’s group hoisted a Tibetan national flag at the Mt. Everest base camp and took pictures of it. Samdup is currently in Drapchi Prison located near Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet.
The Tibetan woman also explained the difficulties faced by Tibetan tour guides, who now “require a number of documents, travel passes and identity card” to work as tour guides in Tibet.
She noted that “Chinese authorities have issued a booklet comprising of introduction of Tibet’s history and a description of every tourist spot to all the tour guides and going against the official description of the sites would lead to heavy punishment and trouble for the guides and their family members too.”
She further added that the Chinese’ version of the descriptions in the booklet are “inaccurate”.
She also said that another unidentified Tibetan guide was sentenced to life for infringing the descriptions about the 14th Dalai Lama to foreign tourists visiting the Potala Palace.