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Book Publishing
In recent years, more than 100 kinds of Tibetan books have been published in hundreds of thousands of volumes per year in the Tibet Autonomous Region. Significant progress has been made in the standardization of Tibetan technical terms and information technology. Tibetan coding has passed the national and international standards, making Tibetan the first ethnic minority writing with international standards in China.
Cultural Relics Protection
The Tibet Autonomous Region has promulgated and implemented a series of regulations on protecting cultural relics since its founding. The government has invested more than 300 million yuan renovating over 1,400 monasteries open to the public and repairing and preserving a large number of cultural relics. Particularly during 1989-94, the Central Government appropriated 55 million yuan and large amounts of gold, silver and other precious materials for the first phase of the Potala Palace renovation project. Beginning from 2001, the state earmarked 330 million yuan for the second phase of the Potala Palace renovation project and the maintenance of Norbu Lingka and the Sagya Monastery.
Carrying Forward, Protecting and Developing Traditional Culture
Governments at all levels in Tibet have set up special organs for salvaging, sorting out and studying the ethnic culture. So far, they have edited and published China Opera Annals Tibet Volume and Chinese Ballads Tibet Volume, as well as other collections of folk dance, proverbs, folk songs and folk stories. These efforts have effectively saved and protected Tibet's ethnic culture.
Foreign Cultural Exchanges
The Tibet Association for Cultural Exchange With Foreign Countries and State departments concerned held a China Tibet Culture Week for three years running from 2001 to 2003. They showed the world the real Tibet.
In July 1953, the PLA set up Tibet's first wired broadcast station in Lhasa. Today, the Tibet Autonomous Region boasts three broadcast stations and 47 relay stations; three TV stations and about 100 relay stations; and 5,900 broadcast and TV receiving/relay or receiving stations in the rural areas. Thanks to the efforts made to enable various villages to have access to radio broadcast and TV programs, Tibet's radio and TV coverage rate now reaches 83.7 percent and 84.47 percent respectively. In 2005, an additional 1,400 villages will gain access to radio broadcast and TV programs.
Public Health
Since the peaceful liberation of Tibet, the state has allocated a total of 1.8 billion yuan to develop medical and health undertakings in the region. Now most rural areas in the region have established cooperative medical institutions, and the state's medical subsidies to farmers and herders exceed 20 million yuan annually.
The traditional sports items in the Tibet Autonomous Region are related with recreational activities and solar terms. They are games and, at the same time, shows. Some of the traditional folk sports items have been adopted as modern sports items, and have gradually been standardized. There are more than 1,000 stadiums and gymnasiums in the Tibet Autonomous Region.
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