Tibet Autonomous Region recently announced that a large-scale restoration work will soon begin at the magnificent Potala Palace in Lhasa.
As parts of the gold plating have been damaged by long-term exposure to wind, sun and rain, the restoration project will put emphasis on repairing the palace's gold-plated roof and improving its security surveillance system.
According to the State Administration of Cultural Heritage, the restoration project will cost more than 10 million yuan (1.5 million U.S. dollars).
The 1300-year-old Potala Palace was originally built in the 7th century, and later rebuilt and extended during the 17th century. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.
As the cardinal landmark of Lhasa, Potala Palace received 1.37 million domestic and foreign tourists last year.