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Culture brings benefits to Lhasa’s development
By:China Tibet News
update:July 24,2019
July 24, 2019 -- In recent years, with the efforts on turning Lhasa into a city featuring the protection of Chinese culture and a global tourism destination, Lhasa City, following the strategy of "culture enriching city life", has made progress in the construction of public cultural service system and the inheritance of excellent cultural heritages. The continuous improvement of public cultural facilities in Lhasa rural and urban areas, as well as the building of local cultural brands actively advances the cultural development that brings the benefits to the whole society.
 
Tagba Village is located in Medrogungkar County of Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. Its local traditional pottery art has been listed among the first batch of regional intangible cultural heritage in 2016. In the village's culture room, the locals not only see the pottery exhibition, but also read books. Now, the public cultural service facilities cover all areas of Lhasa. Citizens enjoy the colorful culture without paying, which is an important happiness index for citizens.
 
In recent years, Lhasa has taken various measures to stimulate the vitality of cultural development. Focusing on the theme of the Chinese Dream and core socialist values, Lhasa has carried out a variety of public cultural activities, such as "Serfs' Emancipation Day" and "Passion Square". Besides, by using facilities of cultural stations, some culture activities with distinctive features have been held in schools, villages, communities and monasteries, including Tibetan calligraphy competition, fitness campaigns and lectures related to poverty alleviation, which form a long-scheme mechanism of public cultural activities. 
 
Currently, there are 75 cultural centers (stations), 6 museums, 228 village libraries, 52 community libraries and 231 temple libraries in Lhasa. 98.88% of all villages have access to radio and television, benefiting 99% of the population. The construction of 269 rural standardized activity arenas has been completed. A public cultural facility network covering the city, counties, townships and villages has been built. 
 
This year's performance season of Tibetan opera has begun in May, providing a visual feast for the locals and tourists. During the period, excellent Tibetan opera troupes and more than 300 Tibetan opera artists are selected from 8 counties of Lhasa to perform Tibetan opera. The performance season of Tibetan opera, a successful practice of supporting traditional opera, has played an important role in strengthening the protection of Tibetan opera and meeting the people's rising demand for excellent culture.
 
Lhasa has persisted in hosting Tibetan opera performance in every Shoton Festival (a Tibetan traditional festival for drinking yogurt and watching Tibetan opera), so as to protect and inherit folk Tibetan opera. According to statistics, Tibetan opera has been performed 84 times in Lhasa since 2012, attracting 1.2 million visitors. In recent years, with the integration of local excellent cultural resources, Lhasa has built a series of cultural activity brands, including horse racing festival, happiness Lhasa standardized dance and China Tibet Tourism & Culture Expo. A total of 3,200 cultural activities are held every year, attracting over 2 million visitors. In addition, the cultural industry construction projects, such as Tibet Culture & Tourism Creative Park and Nyangrain Folk Culture Park, promote the inheritance of excellent traditional culture and the deepening integration development of public culture service and cultural tourism industry. 
 
There are 934 immovable cultural heritages in Lhasa. Among them, one site is on the list of world cultural heritage. 304 protected historic sites have been released, including 16 cultural relic sites under state protection, 110 under autonomous regional protection as well as 178 under municipal and county's protection. Besides, there are 26,377 pieces of registered movable cultural relics. 
 
Lhasa has launched the work on the survey, application and protection of intangible cultural heritage since 2005. Now, a four-class intangible cultural heritage directory system has been formed. Lhasa boasts 167 intangible cultural heritage projects, covering traditional art skills, dance, opera, art and folk. What's more, with a total of 221 inheritors, a four-class inheritor protection system has come into being.
 
In recent years, Lhasa's intangible cultural heritages are shown on China Tibet Tourism & Culture Expo, Yangtze River Basin's intangible culture heritage exhibition and Shenzhen "China Tibet Lhasa Pure Land Culture Week", which greatly promote the inheritance of Lhasa's intangible cultural heritage.
 
By:Liu Fang, Zhu Shan
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