New Delhi, Apr.19 : China on Friday launched a 570 million yuan (81.43 million dollar) project to preserve 22 historical and cultural relics in the southwestern Tibet Autonomous Region.
The project, China's largest protectionist move in the region, will last until 2010.
It included 15 monasteries under state-level protection and seven historical sites proving the rule over Tibet by central governments through history, the Xinhua news agency quoted Yudawa, the Tibet Regional Cultural Heritage Bureau director, as saying.
The National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Finance is financing the preservation efforts.
Of the funds, 120 million yuan will go to the preservation of the 300,000-square-meter Zhaxi Lhunbo Lamasery in Xigaze. It was built in 1447 and was the traditional residence of Panchen Lamas.
Fifty million yuan will be used for the preservation of the Jokhang, Ramogia, Sanyai and Samgya-Goutog monasteries.
The restoration will start this year after the construction tenders are decided.
The latest move to protect Tibet's cultural and religious relics comes after a 330 million yuan preservation project on the Potala Palace, Sagya Monastery and Norbu Lingka Palace.
These began in 2002 and are likely to be finished this year.
Over the past two decades, China has invested more than 700 million yuan to preserve and maintain more than 1,400 monasteries, cultural relics and religious sites, Yudawa said.