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July 6, 2012

China to build $4.7 billion culture and tourism park in Tibet

     Lhasa: The government of Lhasa, capital of China's Tibet autonomous region, will invest 30 billion yuan (4.7 billion US dollars) to build a massive culture and tourism park in the next three to five years. The park, with a planned area of 800 hectares, will be located at a village 2 km from downtown Lhasa, Ma Xinming, deputy mayor of Lhasa city, told a press briefing on Friday. It will improve Tibet's tourism credentials and be a landmark of its cultural industry, said Ma. The park will include attractions themed around Princess Wencheng, daughter of Emperor Li Shimin of the prosperous Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.), who married Tibetan King Songtsan Gambo when she was 16. The princess, along with a dowry consisting of numerous treasures, books, golden furniture and medical equipment, traveled 3,000 km to her new home. Visitors will be offered regular Wencheng-based outdoor performances and other educational and entertainment facilities tracing the footsteps of the princess in Tibet . The culture and tourism park will also include an " Art City ," home to displays of Tibetan handicrafts and medicine, and a " Folk City ," where tourists can get a taste of local life and buy folk goods. Cultural innovation, business and residential districts will also be incorporated into the project.
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