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15:58 Dec 11 2008

China allocates huge investment to protect Tibetan culture
15:58, December 11, 2008  

The Chinese government has devoted a great amount of human, financial and material resources to ensure the inheritance, promotion and development of Tibetan culture, especially in the protection of cultural relics.

Followed by the maintenance of the three key cultural relics in Tibet which costs about 330 million yuan, China continued to appoint 570 million yuan to repair 22 cultural relics in that region.

Protection of monasteries or temples in Tibet is of the most importance to the project as they are places of Tibetan culture combining architecture art, Buddhism cultural relics and Buddhism classics.

Tibet, southwestern China, is home to more than 2,300 cultural relics. The Chinese central government and Tibet's local government have been long attaching great importance to the protection of cultural relics in Tibet by providing vigorous supports.

Since the peaceful liberation of Tibet, especially after the execution of the reform and opening-up policy, China has allocated 700 million yuan to help Tibet renovate and open to the public over 1,400 monasteries, temples, cultural relics and religionary places.

"A lump-sum investment of 570 million yuan is the biggest ever investment in the history of Tibet," said Yu Dawa, head of Tibet local bureau for the protection and development of cultural relics.

The project for protection of three key cultural relics in Tibet includes the Potala Palace, Norbu Lingka and Sagya Monastery. The current expense is 280 million yuan, taking up 80 per cent of the total budget. Among the total investment, 150.92 million yuan went for the Potala Palace, 62.64 million yuan was invested for the Norbu Lingka while the rest was pumped into renovation project at the Sagya Monastery. All ended with favorable fruits.

"150 sub-items out of 156 totalling have finished since June 26, 2002, when the project started," said Yu Dawa.

It is the 2nd large scale repair to the Potala Palace. From 1989 to 1994, the central government has allocated 55 million yuan and a great amount of gold, silver and other precious materials for the renovation of the Potala Palace.

So far, maintenances of the Potala Palace and Norbu Lingka have basically finished and the main hall renovation project of the Sagya Monastery is expected to be completed by the end of this year, according to Tibet local bureau of cultural relics protection.

Work to repair 22 cultural relics is now in full swing. Maintenance of Lhasa Kwonti Lhakhang has completed; repair to Sekhargutok Monastery started on May 12 and some other places are expected to start in September.

Renovation of Tashilhunpo Monastery is the biggest project involving about 120 million yuan. It is the historical residence to Panchen and the largest monastery of the Yellow sect of Tibetan Buddhism in Tibet.

Among the total investment, 280 million invested from the National Development and Reform Commission, is for the protection of Tashilhunpo Monastery, Xalhu Monastery, Nenying Monastery, Gyangze Anti-British Battle, Namseling Manor, Lajiali Palace, Guge Kingdom Relics and other 7 cultural relics protection items; 290 million yuan allocated from the State Ministry of Finance, is pumped into maintenance of Jokhang Temple, Ramoche Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and so on.

"Investment on cultural relics protection during the '11th-Five-Year Plan' is about 200 million yuan more than that in the '10th-Five-Year Plan'," Yu Dawa said. "It is one of the important measures China has taken to protect the region's culture."


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