|A glimpse of the Barkhor Street after a renovation project of the old town of Lhasa was finished in June. [Photo/China Tibet Online]|
The old town of Lhasa will be officially protected through legislation soon, according to a press conference held in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Sept. 23, 2013.
Approved by the People's Congress of Tibet in July, the Regulations for the Protection of Lhasa Old Town will be officially put into effect on Oct. 1.
Located at an elevation of over 3,700 meters above the sea level, the old town of Lhasa is the core area of Lhasa city and also the central area of Tibetan cultural and tourism resources.
With an area of 1.33 square kilometers, the old town of Lhasa centers around the Barkhor Street, known for its bustling business and cultural sites, and the Jokhang Temple, a dominating monastery in Tibet and also a World Cultural Heritage site.
It covers 27 temples and 56 historical courtyards of high value in history, art, religion as well as folk custom.