Norbulingka Park is the largest and grandest garden in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau with the highest gardening level and artistic level. It borrowed the architectural style from the inland areas of China while maintaining and reflecting the local ethnic religious and natural features. It has been preserved intact until now and was never damaged or changed in history.
Norbulingka, meaning "Treasure Park" in Tibetan, is situated in the western suburb of Lhasa City, at the bank of the Kyichu River, about two kilometers west of Potala Palace. The garden covers an area of 360,000 square meters (about 430,000 square yards), with 374 rooms inside. It is the biggest man-made garden in Tibet.
Norbulingka Park consists of several palace complexes, such as the Kelsang Potrang, Tsokyil Potrang, Golden Linka and Takten Migyur Potrang. Each palace complex is divided into three sections - the palace section, the section in front of the palaces and the woods.
Norbulingka has four gates, one in each side. East gate is the main gate. Khamsum Zilnon is a very eye-catching building behind the main gate. It was originally a Han style pavilion and later changed into a theater where the Dalai Lamas watched Tibetan opera.
Location: in the west suburb of Lhasa City, at the bank of Kyichu River
Transportation: Take bus 2
Ticket: CNY 80
Opening hours: 09:00 to 12:00 in the morning, 15: 00 to 16:00 in the afternoon