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Tibet intensifies intangible cultural heritage protection
09:53, April 09, 2010  

Performers display the intangible cultural heritage of Tibet while celebrating the Serfs Emancipation Day in Lhasa, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, April 1, 2010. The day, to be marked every year on March 28, commemorates the end of feudal serfdom. It was the day when the Chinese Central Government abolished the aristocratic rule of Tibet and freed more than 1 million serfs.(Xinhua/Hu Xing)

Tibet will spend 300,000 to 400,000 yuan annually protecting each of the selected ten to 15 key intangible cultural heritages, according to a senior official.

Nyima with the Tibet Autonomous Regional Culture Department said that the selected heritages will be on the list of national- or regional-level intangible cultural heritages.

Some of such heritages in Tibet were on the verge of extinction with few inheritors due to fund shortages, according to Nyima. This year the Regional Culture Department will take more preferential measures and give more funding to the protected heritages and their inheritors as well.

Tibet will build more exhibition places for the heritages, Nyima said. "At present we are applying to higher authorities for the establishment of a cultural and ecological protection zone in the Lhasa Gyiqoi River area. Once our application is approved, the heritages will be placed together in one place for better protection," he said.

Tibet launched the project to protect its intangible cultural heritages in 2005. To date, the Central Government and the Regional Government have invested 24 million yuan on the project.

Tibet's 60 intangible cultural heritages are on the list of national-level intangible cultural heritages with 53 national-level inheritors. A total of 222 heritages are on the regional-level list with 134 inheritors at the same level.

Source: Xinhua


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