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UPDATED: 09:20, March 27, 2005
China invests in protection of Silk Road cultural relics
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China will invest 420 million yuan(about 50 million US dollars) in the next five years in protectingkey cultural relics along the world famous Silk Road in the northwestern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

A source with the Xinjiang cultural relics working conference said the project was approved by the State Council and will be launched in 2005.

It will become one of most important projects of China's cultural relics development and protection program in 2005. The details of the project are still under discussion.

An ancient trade route linking China with the Roman Empire, the Silk Road extended for 6,440 kilometers across the vast autonomousregion. Frescos and unearthed stoneware, bronzeware and pottery from along the route are of high archaeological value.

Xinjiang has more than 4,000 cultural relics, 41 under state-level protection.

Source: Xinhua

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