Seven old courtyards in Lhasa with strong Tibetan architectural style will apply for state cultural relics for better protection.
Over the past years, Tibet has put great efforts and a large amount of investment in protecting the old courtyards by effective management and maintenance of all 56 courtyards across Lhasa.
In Lhasa, some old courtyards are developed for business and others for residential dwellings.
A famous courtyard known as Pangdatsang near the Barkhor Street in Lhasa has been turned into a multi-functional hotel, offering services of lodging, catering, library as well as café.
"The well-arranged facilities such as beautiful murals and colorful flowers make the ancient courtyard homelike, giving us close and warm feelings", tourists often said when visiting the old courtyard.
"The main structure and traditional style have never changed, and the eye-catching notice board reminds visitors of protection of each room", said the manager of Pangdatsang courtyard.
The 600-year-old Jamyanggye courtyard was rebuilt as a dangerous building by the government of Chengguan District with an investment of 7 million yuan in 2010. Now, over 100 households living here enjoy a comfortable life with modern and safety facilities.
In order to protect the ancient courtyards, Tibet has invited experts to make detailed transformation plan to preserve the original Tibetan styles and integrate modern elements into the old structures.
According to the Lhasa Cultural Bureau, all the 56 courtyards have been inscribed as cultural relics under the municipal protection and seven of them will apply for cultural relics on the state level.
"To put preserving the traditional Tibetan style on the top priority, the development of the old courtyards is not only of great value for cultural protection but also help promote the image of Lhasa", said an official of the cultural bureau.
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