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Thursday, December 02, 1999, updated at 08:43(GMT+8)
Culture Qinghai to Build Three Museums

Northwest China's Qinghai Province has decided to build three museums to promote its tourism, the first will be the Qinghai Lake Museum, which will feature a long history of the lake's formation, transformation and ecological resources.

The Qinghai Lake, the largest inland saltwater lake in China, is a State-level natural reserve. It has long been considered by local ethnic Tibetan people as a "divine lake".

Liuwan Museum of Ancient Painted Pottery will be the second museum the province plans to build. It will display over 30,000 items of ancient painted pottery excavated from the site of the Liuwan ruins since the 1970s.

The third will be the Tubo Culture Museum, which features a store of valuable relics uncovered from ancient tombs built during the rule of Tubo, a regime established by ethnic groups in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau between the 7th and 9th century.

Besides grasslands and lakes with hundreds of bird species, Qinghai also hosts numerous Buddhist temples, monasteries and other sites of historical interest.

The province hosted 16,600 overseas tourists last year, earning 30.18 million US dollars.

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