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Repairs of Tibet cultural heritage sites targeted for completion in 2008

January 11, 2008

(Xinhua is the official press agency of the Chinese Communist Party and
the government of China) 2008-01-07 15:14:18

LHASA, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- Renovation of three major cultural heritage
sites in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, is
expected to be completed this year, according to a source at the
regional cultural relics administration.

The central government of China has allocated 333 million yuan (about 46
million U.S. dollars) to repair the Potala Palace, NorbuLingka and the
Sakya Monastery. Work began in 2002.

"We have used 77 percent of the total project investment, or 256.72
million yuan," said Nima Cering, director of the Tibet Cultural Relics

"The projects were supposed to be completed in 2007," she said."
However, due to the complexity of the repair work and adverse weather in
Tibet, the duration of the projects has been prolonged. But we will
strive to conclude the repair work before the end of this year."

The Potala Palace, built in the 7th century, is on the world cultural
heritage list. Norbu Lingka, which means "treasure park" in the Tibetan
language, was the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Sagya Monastery
houses numerous classical books on Buddhism and precious paintings.
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