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Ancient texts preserved in Tibet's Potala Palace

Time: 01-03-2019 This Article is Composed by BudgetTibetTour

According to the News from palace's administration office, China plans to spend 300 million yuan ($45 million) over the next 10 years to preserve ancient documents and anthologies at the Potala Palace in Lhasa, capital of the Tibet autonomous region.

A set of ancient documents preserved in Potala Palace
A set of ancient documents preserved in Potala Palace

This project starts at this year, and will be the largest of its kind.

Chinese government has been working to preserve Tibet's cultural relics over the past few decades, including the Potala Palace itself, one of three UNESCO World Heritage sites in the region.

There is a group to focus on the preservation of ancient books and documents, which established in 1970s. So far, it has published four volumes of a bibliography of ancient documents and anthologies.

The physical structure of the palace has also drawn attention. The latest project was launched in April and completed in August, with a 31 million yuan ($4.6 million) renovation of the golden roofs covering the stupas, or tomb tablets, of previous dalai lamas.

Previous work had repaired the gold-leaf roof, but prolonged exposure to wind, sun and rain had damaged some of it.

Experts on ancient documents have been working to digitally preserve and register more than 2,800 volumes of ancient documents in the libraries of the Potala Palace, with works covering 20 categories in both Han and Tibetan languages.

Through the digitization of the documents and anthologies in recent years, the palace said it can better protect and preserve ancient cultural heritage.

The office said the Chinese Academy of Cultural Heritage will handle the overall preservation work. There are four parts to the project: preventive protection; emergency protection and repair; digitization; and display and utilization.

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Thanks very much for your inquiry. Travelling to Tibet from Nepal, you need to apply for Chinese Group Visa in Kathmandu. Firstly, we'll apply for visa invitation letter with copy of your passport. Next, we'll send visa invitation letter to you and our partner in Kathmandu. When you arrive in Kathmandu, you need to meet with our partner and give them your original passport, then they will go to Chinese embassy and apply for Chinese Group Visa for you. When you board plane from Kathmandu to Lhasa, they'll only check your passport and Chinese Group Visa. Apart from Chinese Group Visa, you also need Tibet Permit, we'lll apply for Tibet Permit for you in Lhasa, and our guide will pick you up at Lhasa airport with your permit. I will send detailed itinerary to your email, please check it. Thanks & Regards

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