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City To Help Revamp Tibetan Holy Site

[WTN-L World Tibet Network News. Published by The Canada Tibet Committee. Issue ID: 2004/05/12; May 12, 2004.]

(All media in PRC are State controlled)

May 12, 2004 (Shanghai Daily news)

The Local government will plan to raise 30 million yuan (US$3.6 million) to help Tibetans restore Sangzhuzi Castle in the city Shigatse and build an on-site museum in memory of the ancient city's culture.

Officials announced the news at a meeting about cooperation between Shanghai and Tibet recently and announced that Tongji University would oversee the whole project, which is set to break ground this year.

"As a religious site, the historical value of the castle is priceless," said Wu Zhiqiang, Dean of the Architecture and Urban Planning Institute at Tongji University.

Besides restoring the castle, plans call for the building of a multi-functional sightseeing complex including a Tibetan history museum and an art gallery.

Built in 1363, Sangzhuzi Castle is the oldest structure in Shigatse where all previous Panchen Lamas used to live. The Panchen Lamas is considered the second highest religious leader in Tibet, after the Dalai Lama.

As the original structure of the castle looked like the Potala Palace in Lhasa, the best-known place of interest in Tibet, Sangzhuzi Castle was crowned as "little Potala Palace," even though it is 330 years older.


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