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Facebook post by young Chinese traveller captures hearts in Brussels
He spent 20 months cycling 15,000 kilometres from Shanghai, headed to Paris. And where did his bike get stolen? Brussels South Station.
A Facebook post by JJ Lue has received hundreds of comments and been shared across pages and profiles. Writing in English and French, he describes his journey and the loss of his bike.
“After a long and hard journey through more than a dozen countries, arrived in Brussels, and my destination is Paris, close at hand,” he writes. “Unfortunately my bicycle was stolen at the gate of the Bruxelles-Midi train station at 9.30-10.00 (16th Nov).”
Lu had left the bike at the entrance to the station on Avenue Fonsny. “It is my fault,” he writes. “I locked it but not on the railing. Now I just want to get back my bike as soon as possible because I have to continue to ride to Paris. And my visa will expire in a week, I am eager to complete my trip, please understand the difficulty for a single cyclist such a long way.”
Though many Brussels residents have jumped in to offer him a bike or to help fund a new one, Lu says that he wants to complete the journey on his bright red LKLM 318 series if possible. He reported the theft to the police but said that “the efficiency of the police does not seem to be high”.
Anyone who has seen the bike is asked to contact Lu via Facebook.