Mu­seum host­ing travel, cul­ture ex­po­si­tion

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By PALDEN NYIMA in Lhasa

From graf­fiti and Ti­betan cal­lig­ra­phy to sculp­tures and thangkas, the Ti­bet Mu­seum will display the best of its col­lec­tions at the Third China Ti­bet In­ter­na­tional Tourism and Cul­ture Expo this week.

Ex­hi­bi­tions show­cas­ing tra­di­tional cul­ture in the Ti­bet au­tonomous re­gion have been open to the pub­lic at the mu­seum in Lhasa, since the expo be­gan on Satur­day.

“The graf­fiti col­lec­tion is a col­li­sion of street art and Ti­betan tra­di­tional cul­ture, which aims to at­tract young peo­ple,” said Dadron, deputy cu­ra­tor of the Ti­betMu­seum.

“Host­ing these ex­hi­bi­tions is part of our ef­fort to make the mu­seum a place that pre­serves and pro­motes Ti­betan tra­di­tional cul­ture,” the 42-year-old said.

The mu­seum wants to im­prove the pub­lic ser­vices it pro­vides and display the achieve­ments it has made in the preser­va­tion of tra­di­tional cul­ture, she said.

The mu­seum will also show­case cul­tural and cre­ative tourism prod­ucts dur­ing the expo, which runs through Fri­day.

As the first and only pro­vin­cial-level mu­seum in Ti­bet, the Ti­bet Mu­seum dis­tin­guishes it­self from other mu­se­ums in China through its unique ar­chi­tec­ture, his­tor­i­cal cul­tural relics, ge­o­graph­i­cal fea­tures and other eth­nic el­e­ments.

“Our thangkas, Bud­dha stat­ues and an­cient doc­u­ments are dis­tinc­tive. We have items that can­not be found else­where, es­pe­cially our his­tor­i­cal cul­tural relics, which are the most unique fea­ture of the mu­seum, dis­play­ing gifts which the suc­ces­sive cen­tral gov­ern­ments pre­sented to the Ti­bet lo­cal gov­ern­ment,” Dadron said.

The Ti­bet Mu­seum opened in 1999, and en­try has been free of charge since 2009. The mu­seum, which has more than 150 staff mem­bers, is ranked as one of China’s 88 na­tional first­grade mu­se­ums, ac­cord­ing to Dadron.

Be­fore the mu­seum of­fered free en­try, it saw an av­er­age of 200,000 vis­i­tors an­nu­ally. The fig­ure has in­creased in re­cent years, with the mu­seum wel­com­ing more than 400,000 vis­i­tors in 2015.

The mu­seum’s per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion hall con­tains the ba­sic ex­hi­bi­tion and a spe­cial pav­il­ion.

The spe­cial pav­il­ion dis­plays ar­ti­facts such as porce­lain col­lec­tions, jade col­lec­tions and Bud­dha stat­ues. XuWei con­trib­uted to this story.

Dadron, deputy cu­ra­tor of the Ti­bet Mu­seum

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