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The largest survey project of ancient documents in Tibet yielded fruitful results

  • Source : VTIBET.com Author : Liu Yinan Time : 10/10/2019 Editor : Liu Yinan

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    Two experts from the ancient documents protection center of Tibet autonomous region examine ancient documents (file photos) at Lhuntso temple in Tingri county, Shigatse city of Tibet autonomous region. [Photo/Xinhua] 


    The largest survey project of ancient books in Tibet has come to a close with fruitful results. Data shows that more than 18,000 ancient books and documents have been registered in Tibet; 291 ancient books have been successfully selected into the list of the national rare ancient books; more than ten books about the achievements of census and protection of Tibetan ancient books have been compiled and published. Xinhua reported.  


    Ancient Tibetan documents bear witness to the time-honored history and culture of the Chinese nation and are precious heritage of the Chinese nation and human civilization. According to conservative estimates by relevant experts, the total number of ancient Tibetan documents in existence in China is more than hundreds of thousands of letters, of which more than 50 percent are stored in the Potala Palace, Tibet museum, archives and other key collection units in Tibet, as well as more than 1,300 monasteries in 74 counties and districts. 


    In 2009, Tibet officially launched the largest census of ancient books lasted for a decade under the push of the protection program of Chinese ancient books. In the past ten years, census workers have completed the census and registration work after a wide survey across the region. 


    Over the past decade, the central government and Tibet autonomous region have invested more than 10 million yuan to support the survey and protection of ancient books and documents in Tibet. Up to now, Tibet has restored nearly 3,000 pages of endangered ancient books, completed a project to improve the conditions of 14 grass-roots units that collecting ancient books, and built two new protection sites for ancient books. 


    "Now our country is getting stronger, and we will also attached more importance to the protection and inheritance of traditional culture. Therefore, we firmly believe that the protection of ancient Chinese books will have a brighter future, and the excellent traditional Chinese culture will be passed on from generation to generation and civilization will continue." Penpa Tsering, deputy director of the ancient documents protection center of the Tibet autonomous region said, adding that in the next step, the center will develop digital standards for ancient books in Tibetan and build a database of ancient books that serves the whole society, while carrying out the census and registration of key ancient books in Tibet and the regional survey of ancient books. 

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