Tibet Norbulinka Palace (Norbu Linka Palace), China

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Norbulinka Palace

In Tibetan, "Norbu Linka" means beautiful gardens. This garden covers an area of 36 hectares and it is the annual vacation home for the 7th to the 14th Dalai Lama, who would move here from the Potala Palace to this summer palace and spend most of their summer here.

Around the Norbulinka Palace (Norbu Linka Palace), there are doors. The door facing east is the front door of the garden. Entering from this door, you will see the main construction "Xiabudianlakang". It is the place that Dalai Lama holds religion etiquette.

The other side is "Kangsongsilun" and it is the most conspicuous attic in front of this garden. In the center of the garden, there is the most attractive building. After repaired, a small wood pavilion becomes the building for seeing drama. In the east, there is a stage used to provide performance to entertain Dalai Lama.

In late spring or early summer each year, many government operations in the Potala Palace were move jointly with Dalai Lama, to the Norbu Linka Palace.

In the northwest of "Xiabudianlakang" is a shrine palace named "Gesangpozhang", the 7th Dalai Lama named this palace after his own name. Back then, he was not very healthy and often ill, he chose this quiet grove to help recovery, the 14th Dalai once lived in this palace.

In 1751, near the New Palace, another palace was build for the 7th Dalai Lama, in the main hall housed the throne of the 7th Dalai Lama. On the second floor, a statue of the Sakyamuni is enshrined, and there are 16 Buddhist Saint statues on each side. The murals on the wall record biographical stories of Tibetan kings.

The New Palace ("Dadanmingjiupozhang") was built in 1956, there are many halls in this building for priests to study scripture. In the west of the small hall is the 14th Dalai's bedroom, there is his bed and two chairs for priests, the room was kept the same as original situated.

In the east of the bedroom, is a small house it is Dalai Lama's study where he learned Mizong. Next is the Dalia's preachment hall, displayed Dalai's throne. Including the officials' records, the murals in the preachment hall are the portraits of every Dalai Lama.

Not far from here, you will see the heart of the lake ("Cuojipozhang"). This is a group of constructions built above the water with many interesting spots. There are the Dragon King pavilion and an eastern Dragon King temple in the east, the west is "Chunzengpozhang". Towards the south of the building there were horse stables and an animal farm. Yet, you can even found many of mural drawings on the wall of those stables.

Actually, this elegant garden ("Norbu Linka Palace ") has other palaces such as "Wuyaopozhang" and "Gold Pozhang"; they are all worth visiting. Although the Norbu Linka Palace is like a temporary villa for the Tibetan Dalai Lama, it accumulates the Dalai's culture, spirits in Buddhism and regal miens because the former Dalai Lamas once lived here. Only after you travel those palaces yourself, you can then understand it better.