Tibetan Culture: World Treasure
   2011-05-17 16:21:53    tibet.cn      Web Editor: Zhang
"The Tibetan culture is a world treasure", said living Buddha Shinza Tenzin Choeta, a deputy to the National People's Congress (NPC) and Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Tibet Autonomous Region People's Congress.

Tibet has attached importance to the protection of intangible cultural heritage and use of Tibetan language. Since the launch of the protection project by the State Council in 2005, 60 heritage items have been added onto the state-level Human Intangible Cultural Heritage list and 53 people have been recognized as inheritors of state-level items.

"Tibetan Opera and Gesar have been both added onto the United Nation's Human Intangible Cultural Heritage List", Shinza Tenzin Choeta added, "We also stress learning and use of Tibetan by means of using both Tibetan and Chinese languages in textbooks of primary and secondary schools."

In 1997, Tibetan character code was approved by the International Standards Organization, making the Tibetan script the first ethnic minority version in China with an international standard. Meanwhile the State Council issued two national standards for Tibetan information technology.

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