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10:59 Jun 05 2009

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Renovation on Potala Palace actually costs 205 mln yuan
10:50, June 05, 2009  

Photo taken on Jan. 7, 2009, shows renovation on the Treasure Hall of the Potala Palace under way. (Xinhua Photo)

China has actually spent 205 million yuan on the second renovation of the Potala Palace, 35 million yuan over the original budget, according to the Tibet's Cultural Relics Bureau.

The first renovation was carried out in 1994 for this symbolic architecture of Tibet.

Originally, the country planned to spend 170 million yuan on the job including the sleep wall consolidation, wooden materials preservative treatment and fresco maintenance.

Photo taken on March 30 ,2007 shows several workers renovating the West Scripture Printing Hall of the Potala Palace, Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. (Xinhua Photo)

But with a series of structural defects gradually discovered as the renovation went on, an added workload had resulted in an extra financing of 30 million yuan in June 2008, hitting 204 million yuan in all.

Renovations of Tibet's three major historical relics: the Potala Palace, Norbu Lingka and Sakya Monastery were launched in 2002 and are expected to complete by the end of this year.

To date, the Central Government has spent 380.59 million yuan on the whole project, 52.9 million yuan over the preliminary estimation.

Among the actual expenditure, the Norbu Lingka, the residence of the Dalai Lama, costs 80.86 million yuan and the Sakya Monastery, 94.74 million yuan.


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