Located western suburb of Lhasa, NorbuLingka is listed in national historical and cultural sites. Built in 1740s (the seventh Dalai), NorbuLingka was the place of Dalai Lamas spending summer time and dealing with daily political fairs. It is a typical Tibet style garden and commonly known as “Summer Palace of Lhasa”.

After 200 years of expansion, NorbuLingka Palace covers an area of 360,000 square meters. It was once a relaxing and recreational summer palace for Dalai and a few high officials and noble lords before liberation of the People’s Republic of China, and now it is the largest, the most beautiful and also with the most historical relics in Tibet artificial gardens.

History: Before 1740s, NorbuLingka was a deserted land where the wild beasts, weeds and dwarf willows were grown. The seventh Dalai liked this place and usually came here, so the grand minister resident of Tibet in Qing Dynasty built a pavilion palace for him.
In 1751, the seventh Dalai himself built another palace at east of the pavilion palace, in which Buddhist Prayer Room, bedroom, reading room and assembly room were set up.
In 1755, after approved by Emperor Yongzheng of Qing Dynasty, the seventh Dalai could be able to deal with political affairs here and all Dalai Lama handle official business and received Tibet officers in this palace.
This palace had gone through many times of expansion during the reign of the eighth, 13th and 14th Dalai Lama and formed nowadays scale in 1954.
What to See/Do: Cultural relics: The cultural relics in NorbuLingka Palace can be divided into two parts, one is local Tibet cultural relics, and others are various precious presents given by central governments or emperors in the past dynasties.
Shoton Festival: During the Shonton Festival also know as Yogurt Festvial (from the first day to the seventh day of July in Tibetan calendar), NorbuLingka Palace is one of the activity centers in Lhasa. Many famous Tibetan opera groups get together here to celebrate it. In addition, local people dress colorful traditional clothing and set up camps on grass lands. They sit on the grass and drink highland barley wine, buttered tea and eat Tibet dessert. They also sing and dance, play chess and cards to celebrate it. This festival makes Lhasa people most energy in one year.
Duration: 2 – 3 hours
Admission: 80RMB in peak season; 60RMB in off season
Address: No. 21, Luobulinka Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region.
Opening time: The Palace opens from 09:00 to 18:00 from Monday to Saturday.
Public transport: Take bus No. 2 or 14; get off at Luobulinka Nan stop.

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