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Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden)

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Address: No.21 Luobulinka Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa 850000, China
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Complex consisting of the Dalai Lamas' summer residence. The park consist...

Complex consisting of the Dalai Lamas' summer residence. The park consist of palace, nice pond areas and a small onsite zoo.

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A well maintained formal residence of the Dalai Lama

The summer palace had been the place of residence of the 14th Dalai Lama. There were special halls and seat as well as the room and bath that his holiness used to grace. Seeing it... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 September 2016
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

You can easily walk there from Old Town area or take a taxi. The park is not very big but beautiful. The Summer Palaces are very interesting, you can learn a lot about some historical moments and see many of the things that belonged to the Dalai Lama. Many Tibetans visit it.

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Thank you for sharing your Tibet vacation experience here. Wish it is helpful for future travelers. Tony from Tibet Ctrip Travel Service ( http://www.tripadvisor.cn/Attraction_Review-g294223-d7811309-Reviews-Tibet_Ctrip_Travel_Service_Day_Tour-Lhasa_Tibet.html) More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Built during the 18th. Century by the Seventh Dalai Lama, Norbulingka Palace (also named "The Summer Palace" is an extraordinary Green Shelter within the so dry Lhasa Municipality. Its beauty not only depends in its Traditional Tibetan Architecture, but also in the fact that it is an Oasis (a created one, certainly) in the center of the Lhasa valley. Really... More 

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Slatington, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

This is a beautiful area and interesting as to its history Andes the summer palace of the Dali Lamas and subsequent escape from the cultural revolution and Chinese invasion. Easy to walk and see the various aspects of park and palace

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Hanoi, Ha Noi, Vietnam
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

After Potala palace and Jorkhang temple, this summer palace worth a visit in Lhasa. It was carefully-structure with many sections. The gardens are well-maintained, the old walls with typical yellow and red-brown colour look wonderful. We had a very relaxing visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

The summer palace had been the place of residence of the 14th Dalai Lama. There were special halls and seat as well as the room and bath that his holiness used to grace. Seeing it all emptied gives a rather sad feeling. The government had been doing a good work at preserving the place well. The outside garden was under... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

It was not in our fixed itinerary but we managed to visit it during our free time in the evening. But it was closed so we only walk around the garden. It has a beautiful night scene, with the rooftop images shone beautifully on the lake. It was full moon during moon cake festival when we visit it so it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

This summer palace of Dalailama is a world heritage site. It's beautifully crafted structure is delight to see. Beautiful gardens inside are well maintained. It gives opportunity to know Tibet an culture.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

Dalai Lama spent here a couple of periods in the late '50s. This is probably the only site in Tibet where you can see the image of Dalai Lama in public. In the end of the tour, in the room telling about the history of Buddhism in Tibet there is on the wall a portrait of youn Dalai Lama. Also... More 

Thank jusaja
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

After being full of stairs at Potala palace, this is a flat ground visit where you can enjoy trees, shadows and beautiful flowers areas. Likely you will see monks telling mantra at current Dalai Lama reception room. It is funny to dress a local Tibet dress from the old days. You can rent for pictures by 20RMB close to the... More 

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Miami, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

Used to be a summer palace, beautiful large garden, with three Palaces - with a large collection of chandeliers, frescoes, Tibetan carpets, beautiful murals. A must when visiting Tibet.

Thank Bonita B

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