For sixty years, the protection and preservation of Tibetan regional heritage has been at the top of the Chinese government's agenda.
For this twelfth Five-Year plan, the government has launched a 270-million US dollar project aimed at the preservation of more than 60 cultural heritage sites.
More than 4000 cultural heritage sites exist in the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China. To match that colossal number, China has already injected 220-million USD in the past 30 years to preserve the cultural relics as well as the history of the region.
In the last Five-Year Plan, 90-million USD alone were used to renovate 22 historical sites, setting a record in the country's one-time expenditure for cultural heritage preservation. The renovation of the Jakhang, the Drepung in the city of Lhasa has just been completed. The termination of other preservation projects in the region will follow suit before the end of the year.
The preservation projects observe five goals -- protection, fortification, renovation, and amelioration--but without altering the original state of the relics or sites.
Additionally, the region also plans to make the preservation of archival documents a priority. The Potala Palace now has successfully classified 20,000 pieces of archives in its collection.
Following the listing of the Potala Palace as a World Cultural Heritage site, China plans to do the same with Jokahang and Norbulingka in hope that more people will know and appreciate the rich regional culture.