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Birthplace of Tibetan King Songtsan Gambo to open next May
15:02, December 23, 2009  

The scenic spot of the birthplace of Tibetan King Songtsan Gambo is set to open in May next year, with construction of main architecture of the Songtsan Gambo Museum being completed to date.

According to Jiang Hua, head of Lhasa Tourism Bureau, the construction of buildings are nearly completed: the entrance of the tourist zone with 3.65 million yuan of investment and the main architecture of Songtsan Gambo Museum costing 4.95 million yuan have finished. Construction of parking lots and other supporting facilities has been under full swing.

Upon finishing all constructions, the tourist zone with a total investment of more than 30 million yuan, will open to tourists next May.

Songtsan Gambo, founder of ancient Tibet's Tubo Kingdom (700-900 A.D.), unified all tribes on the Tibet Plateau and made Lhasa the capital of Tibet. During his reign, he promoted Buddhism, created Tibetan characters and unified weights and measures, boosting his kingdom to unprecedented prosperity in economic, cultural and religious development.

Located in Gyiamar Township, Maizhokunggar County, Lhasa, with an average altitude of 4,000 meters, the six-part zone will help the public better understand Tibet's most famous king better as well as the history after culture from Tang Dynasty was introduced.

The scenic spot will help to pass down the cultural relics of Tibetan nationality as well as spur on the local tourism industry.

"It is not only a scenic spot but a base for patriotic education," said Jiang Hua.

Source: China Tibet Information Center

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