Hailed as the Summer Palace of Lassa, Norbulingka has been being the palace where the Dalai Lamas work in summer and it is the people’s park where significant celebrations are hold. With the most spectacular sceneries, Norbulingka is the largest garden that enjoys the most popularity among the local people. On the Shoton Festival, the most alive festival in Lhasa, all the people, young or old, will come to Norbulingka to join in the celebrating activities. No one stays home.
Norbulingka, built under the organization of the 7th Dalai Lama in 1755, is not only a summer resort but also a historic center. As successive Dalai Lamas all used the Summer Palace for this purpose, the procession from the Potala to Norbulingka became a grand affair and the festive-occasion of the Lhasa calendar.
In 1959, the current Dalai Lama (the 14th) made his escape from the Summer Palace disguised as a Tibetan soldier. Tibetan uprisings followed as the people of Lhasa swelled up to protect the Summer Palace and their spiritual leader, and the subsequent Chinese shelling of the area damaged all the buildings of the Norbulingka. Of special interest is the New Summer Palace, built by the 14th Dalai Lama and located in the center of the Norbulingka. This Palace is filled with interesting murals and is definitely the highlight of the Norbulingka.
Opening Hours: 9:30 -- 18:00
Ticket Price: 60 CNY
Location: No. 21, Norbulingka Road, Lhasa
Transportation: Bus No. 2 will bring you here directly.