The government has conducted systematic surveys, collection, collation,
publication and research into Tibet's cultural heritage. The Tibet
Ancient Tibetan Books Publishing House has collected over 200 precious
ancient Tibetan books, some of which it has collated and published.
The Tibet People's Publishing House has concentrated on the collation
and publication of classic masterpieces and historic literature.
For hundreds of years, these ancient books could only be found in
hand-written and woodblock print copies. Now for the first time,
they appear in print, beautifully designed and bound.
the 1980s, organizations engaged in ethnic cultural heritage restoration,
collation and research have been established in various parts of
Tibet. They have launched an unprecedented campaign aimed at the
restoration, collection, collation, research, compilation and publication
of works of ethnic and folk literature and art. The regional government
has sent out investigation groups to all corners of Tibet, including
cities, towns, villages and monasteries, on an overall investigation
and collection mission. As a result, over 20 Tibetan folk literary
works have been published. King Gesar, the world's longest epic
created by the Tibetan people, has been orally handed down through
generations. Retrieval, collation and research into this epic have
been listed by the state as a key social science research subject,
for which a special organization has been established. So far, more
than 3,000 audio tapes have been recorded, and 62 volumes have been
published in Tibetan, totaling three million copies. Some have been
translated into English, Japanese and French. The compilation of
the 600,000-character The Annals of Chinese Dramas: Tibetan Operas
has also been completed, filling a huge gap in the theoretical study
of the Tibetan theater, and work is in progress on the survey, collection,
and collation of Tibetan dance, ballads, music, songs, tales and
photo taken on Nov. 6, 2003 shows the main hall of the Sagya
Lamasery in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. The Sagya
Lamasery, built in 1073 and located 450 km west of Lhasa, has
long enjoyed almost the same fame with the Dunhuang Grottoes
for its large collection of Buddhist scriptures, valuable porcelains
and vivid frescos dating back to nearly one thousand years ago.
Since the beginning of 2002, the Chinese Government has invested
86.6 million yuan (about 10.5 million US dollars) to repair
and maintain the famous religious relics.