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13:16 Apr 17 2009

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Lhasa to protect historic urban area
11:31, April 17, 2009  

Tibet is to put a historic cultureal urban area of 6.74 square km in Lhasa under protection, according to the recently publicized General Plan for Urban Development in Lhasa (2009-2020).

Lhasa with a long history of 1,300 years boasts several world cultural heritages, such as the Potala Palace, the Jokhang Temple, and the residence of the Dalai Lama Norbu Lingka.

The Potala Palace is illuminated in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, March 22, 2009. (Xinhua/Gong Bing)

The protective measures will involve water system restoring, traditional cityscape preservation, traffic program and building height control, said Zhang Wei, chief of Lhasa Institute of Urban Planning and Design.

The height above ground level for architectures to build are limited to 15 meters in principle. The existing architectures which violate the beauty of traditional skyline of the city will be reconstructed or demolished, Zhang said.


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