China is a unified multiethnic country, where every ethnic group is free to pursue their traditions and culture, and it is this integration of diversity that gives birth to the colorful Chinese civilization. Tibetan culture has a long history, represented by a large number of imposing ancient spiritual structures, medical science, Tibetan Buddhism and folk customs. This culture is a treasure not only to the Chinese nation, but also the entire world.
The Chinese Government has always attached great importance to the preservation and development of Tibetan culture. In the past three decades, huge manpower and financial and material resources were invested for this purpose. Extensive surveys of local cultural relics, literature and performance arts have rescued many valuable, often priceless, buildings, relics and artifacts, some on the verge of being lost forever. Renovation of the Potala Palace, Jokhang Monastery and Sangye Monastery proved a big success. As a result of the successful bid for the World Heritage Site status by the Potala Palace, Jokhang Monastery and Norbu Lingka, the recognition of Tibetan culture continues to grow overseas. To date, Tibet has established a complete educational and academic research system with a high-caliber professional contingent in residence. The formulation and implementation of a series of cultural protection regulations lay a solid foundation for Tibetans to carry forward their preservation work and provide guidelines for the ongoing second-phase renovation of the Potala Palace and the facelift of Norbu Lingka and Sakya Monastery.