Picture of Xie Houguo and bicycle in City Square, Leeds.
Walking across City Square when I noticed some young Chinese, possibly students photographing an older lady with a bike. I asked one of them what it was about and he said that this little granny had ridden her bike from China to England for the Olympics.
I thought wow, thats some trek for anyone but on further questions she had flown to Hungary and ridden the little folding bicycle from there apart from the ferry from France to Dover. No wonder these young people wanted to get a photo of this lady and her bike.
Xie Houguo aged 63, is a retired worker from the Chongqing Tap Water Company in China. Xie completed in 2007 a tour of China’s 31 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions after being seriously injured in a road accident. In 2008 Xie was a torchbearer at the Beijing Olympics.
In the background are from left the newly restored Majestic Cinema building, the former General Post Office building, Bond Court and lastly the much newer 1 City Square.