report: Tibet: Its Past and
LHASA, May 7 (Xinhua) -- Renovation of a key
monastery in Tibet has resumed amid warming spring weather after being suspended
during the freezing winter, a local official said Wednesday.
Workers have returned to the Sagya Monastery in
Lhasa, capital of China's southwestern Tibet Autonomous Region, to restore the
2,000-square-meter fresco, Nyima Cering, who is in charge of the repair work,
The renovation, including the repair of walls and
buildings and setting up a warehouse for cultural relics, involves 86.6 million
yuan (12.4 million U.S. dollars) from the government.
Sagya Monastery houses numerous classical books on
Buddhism and precious paintings.
The project is part of a preservation campaign that
also includes renovating the Potala Palace and Norbu Lingka Palace, which
resumed in March.
Repair work on the three sites began in 2002 and was
expected to be finished this year. The cost of about 330 million yuan (about 47
million U.S. dollars) would be covered by the central government.
The Potala Palace, built in the seventh century, is
on the world cultural heritage list. Norbu Lingka, which means "treasure park"
in Tibetan language, was the summer palace of the Dalai Lama.
Over the past two decades, the central and local
governments have spent more than 700 million yuan to protect and renovate about
1,400 historical and cultural relics in Tibet, including monasteries.