$43.9 million alone cannot turn a palace back into a home

TibetNews.CN reports that the Chinese government has spent nearly 43.9 million dollars on repairing the Potala Palace and Norbu Lingka — which once were of course the homes of the 14th Dalai Lama and his forebears. “The reparation of [these] cultural relics is an important part in the conservation of the Tibetan culture,” said State Councilor Liu Yandong at a ceremony in front of the Potala Palace yesterday.

Those are nice words, China, but your work has overlooked the one key element that would restore the Potala and Norbu Lingka to their former glory. You know what (or, rather, who) I’m talking about.


  1. deusexlibrus says

    I find their actions rather strange and reprehensible. They act like they are preserving a dying culture, when THEY are doing everything in their power to destroy it. The best thing they could do would be to admit they're full of s***, leave Tibet, and let the refugee community return and get back to some semblance of their life. The Chinese have no right to be in Tibet, and the only reason, in my opinion, the western world hasn't taken more concrete action is simple numbers.