An ancient house located in Tunba, Nimu County, one of the listed ancient villages in Lhasa, Tibet. Image: blog.163.com
Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, has passed a new law, stipulating principles on ancient village protection and restoration, funding, responsibilities and building a long-term protection mechanism.
Lhasa has 1,123 villages, which boast unique landscapes, cultures and traditions. As the local economy speeds up, many ancient villages have yet to be restored, and the law was enacted to address this, according to the regional government.
It also demands a "supervisor mechanism" and encourages volunteer groups to help with protection efforts. "The law will enhance protection efforts for precious cultural resources in Lhasa," said an official of the standing committee of the Lhasa municipal people's congress.