In 1959 His Holiness the Dalai Lama and 80,000 Tibetans were forced to leave Tibet following a failed uprising against Chinese rule. Since that time the Dalai Lama and a growing number of Tibetans have been forced to live in exile in India and other parts of the world. Meanwhile hundreds of thousands of Tibetans living in Tibet have been imprisoned and tortured. Tibetans experience economic discrimination, religious suppression and political oppression. They are unable to practice their religion, speak their own language or even fly their own flag.

Standing at nearly 100 feet high, the Tibet Balloon is the largest Tibetan flag in the world and a symbol of peace and compassion. The Tibet Balloon flies in the UK and around the world providing a unique and eye-catching opportunity to draw attention to the Tibetan issue and raising funds for charitable organisations working to support the cause of Tibet.

The Tibet Balloon was launched on July 11th 2015 at Sakya Tashi Ling Monastery in the Parc Natural del Garraf near Barcelona, Spain.

Latest from the Tibet Balloon

A Dutch Tibetan welcome

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More than one hundred Tibetans and Dutch supporters of the Tibetan people travelled to Barneveld from the city of Amsterdam to welcome Tashi on her first visit to The Netherlands. The International Campaign for... READ MORE

And then there were two…

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We were delighted that Georges Roches and Marcelle Roux were able to travel all the way from central France to join us at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta with their model Tibet hot... READ MORE

First Tibetans take to the sky!

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On Sunday 14th August Tenzin Phuntsok and Wangdue Tsering, who both live in Bristol UK, became the first Tibetans to fly in the Tibet hot air balloon. Tenzin and Wangdue joined us on... READ MORE

Tashi welcomed back to Bristol

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For the second year running Tashi has appeared at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta held from 11th to 14th August 2016. The Fiesta is one of the largest annual ballooning events in Europe... READ MORE