China Pictorial (English)

Restorativ­e Work in Tibet


Over the past few decades, Tibet has organized large-scale and systematic surveys, collection, collation, and research of cultural heritage many times. A total of 4,277 cultural heritage sites of all kinds have been assessed and registered. Tibet has 1,985 historical and cultural sites under protection at different levels, of which 70 are under state protection. Since restorativ­e work was done on the Jokhang Monastery in 1972, the state has continued to invest huge funds in the maintenanc­e and protection of the Potala Palace, Norbulingk­a, Jokhang Monastery, and other cultural and historical sites in Tibet. In the period from 1989 to 1995 alone, the state invested more than 200 million yuan (US$30.86 million) in the maintenanc­e of the Potala Palace and the expansion of its square. At the end of 2018, the state launched a 10-year project to protect and utilize the cultural relics of the Potala Palace—mainly ancient books and documents— with a total investment of 300 million yuan (US$46.29 million). From 2006 to 2020, the state allocated more than 3.4 billion yuan (US$524.62 million) for the maintenanc­e of 155 historical and cultural sites under protection in the autonomous region, including the renovation and expansion of the Tibet Museum.

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