BEIJING is working hard to revamp Lhasa for the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Tibet Autonomous Region next month. The central Government has spent a total of 110 million yuan (HK$102.5 million) on 62 projects to improve Tibet's environment and transportation before the event. The lavish occasion, which covers September 5 to 10, is expected to be attended by about 500 government officials and their families from throughout the country. Workers are gearing up to complete renovations at the Potala Palace in Lhasa, once the centre of the Tibetan government and the winter residence of the Dalai Lama, according to Xinhua (the New China New Agency). They have just finished laying down a new square in front of the palace with three white pagodas erected on the west of the square. About 670 households nearby were relocated in order to make way for the square. They have moved into a housing area of 57,000 square metres, forming the largest residential quarter in the Tibetan capital. Adjacent to the square, the Beijing Middle Road has also been rebuilt and upgraded. The 100 kilometre-long road connecting Lhasa to Konggar airport will also be improved. The highway along the Lhasa River in Lhasa city has be extended and upgraded to a 'first-class' road. Houses in the old city area of Lhasa have also been renovated. The municipal house property bureau has invested 18 million yuan to build houses for 420 poor households, Xinhua said. Meanwhile, the central Government has urged inland authorities to open more classes to train Tibetans for the region's development. Ethnic minorities living in remote areas of Tibet have little chance of receiving education. A State Education Commission official in Zhengzhou said that the inland regions would recruit 2,000 Tibetan students next year, an increase of about 500 from this year. So far, 150 middle schools and secondary specialised schools in 26 provinces, municipalities, and autonomous regions have opened 40 courses for Tibetans such as finance, politics, and teacher training.