The launching ceremony of a five-year
Tibet Autonomous Region key cultural relics protection project and the
Tashilumpo Monastery protection project is held at the Tashilumpo
Monastery in Xigaze of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region on April
18, 2008. The region's overall protection project covers 22 key cultural
relics at a planned cost of 570 million yuan (81 million U.S. dollars),
nearly 200 million yuan (28 million dollars) more than the previous
five-year protection project. (Xinhua Photo) Photo Gallery>>>
XIGAZE, Tibet, April 18 (Xinhua) -- China on Friday
launched a 570 million yuan (81.43 million U.S. dollars) project to preserve 22
historical and cultural relics in the southwestern Tibet Autonomous Region.
The project, China's largest protection move in the
region, will last until 2010. It included 15 monasteries under state-level
protection and seven historical sites proving the rule over Tibet by central
governments through history, said Yudawa, the Tibet Autonomous Regional Cultural
Heritage Bureau director.
The preservation efforts were financed by the
National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Finance.
Of the funds, 118 million yuan will go to the
preservation of the 237,000-square-meter Zhaxi Lhunbo Lamasery in Xigaze. It
consists of a main palace and six minor ones, 56 sutra halls, and more than
6,000 rooms for monks. It was built in 1447 and was the traditional residence of
It is expected to take workers up to four years to
seal cracks on the walls, fix windows and doors, repair water discharge
channels, replace worn out electrical wires and install firefighting and
lightning-proof facilities in the lamasery, the second largest cultural relic
after the Potala Palace in Tibet.
Also included is 50 million yuan to be used for the
preservation of the Jokhang, Ramogia, Sanyai and Samgya-Goutog monasteries. The
restoration will start this year after the construction tenders are decided.
The latest move to protect Tibet's cultural and
religious relics comes after a 330 million yuan preservation project on the
Potala Palace, Sagya Monastery and Norbu Lingka Palace. These began in 2002 and
were expected to be finished this year.
Over the past two decades, China has invested more
than 700 million yuan to preserve and maintain more than 1,400 monasteries,
cultural relics and religious sites, Yudawa said.
"These projects have protected Tibet's historical and
cultural relics effectively."