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Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden), Lhasa

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The summer palace of Dalai Lamas and a World Heritage Site, Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden) features 374 mansions and classical Tibetan gardens. Spanning some 36 hectares (89 acres) and considered the greatest man-made garden in Tibet, it was built in 1755 on a hot springs spot. The palace features highly scenic and intricate garden designs with ponds, as well as a mini-zoo with bears, lions, and monkeys. Feast your eyes on the flower patterns and nuances, matched only by the brightly colored facades and ornaments on the pavilions and shrines. Stroll along paved paths and stone bridges by yourself, or consider hiring an informative guide to explain the rich history behind the buildings and sculptures. Using our world travel planner, Lhasa attractions like Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden) can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • It is a peacefull place with gardens and flowers where many locals make pik-nik. You need a lot of time to exprore it.  more »
  • It is the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, there are several palaces, chapels, gardens. It is here that escaped the current Dalai Lama fleeing to the India in 1959. Beautiful murals and rich decoration
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  • We arrived late but many of the temples were closed and the remainder although peaceful was a little worse for TLC .Its part of the history but i would think before you visit ..in comparison the Potal...  more »
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  • The summer palace. Children are free. Adults pay less than ¥100 each. The ticket is beautiful. It is a beautiful place to visit and should be on anyone's list when they come to lhasa. There are many buildings and each is beautiful. The grounds are beautiful and there are many nomads and other Tibetan people walking around to visit each of the temples and buildings. We spent two hours here and it was serene. Only one negative comment is that the toilet is awful and so plan your trip properly and aim at not needing to use the toilet here.
  • Summer palace of successive Dalai Lamas. This place has a smooth environment with nice zoo. Tibetan Shoton festival mostly takes place at this place in summer.
  • Beautiful garden, a wonderful place to visit on a sunny day.
  • Beautiful gardens. Must visit while in Lhasa._
  • I want to visit this place I hope there's some one should to help me..!!!

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Look along the knotted streets of the eastern district of Lhasa for a number of welcoming guesthouses and storied hotels, close to the main Tibetan attractions around Jokhang Temple. With a little more age and character than options out west, the accommodations in this district attract seasoned travelers and cultural enthusiasts. Out to the west sit a good deal more chain hotels and towering hotel and mall complexes, offering a range of additional facilities, such as swimming pools, restaurants, and karaoke bars.
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