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Located in the western suburbs of Lhasa, Norbulingka (Norbu means treasure in Tibetan; lingka means garden in Tibetan) was built in 1740s. The area used to be wasteland with wild animals, weeds and scrub which the Seventh Dalai Lama liked and often visited, and, as a result, the Qing magistrate had a palace built. Years later, Kelsang Potrang was built by order of the Seventh Dalai Lama. Later it was renovated and enlarged and became the Summer Palace for successive Dalai Lamas.

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It was here that from April to September each year the Dalai Lama would handle political affairs and hold festive celebrations. Encompassing 360,000 square meters, the park consists of three parts: the palace district, district in front of the palace and the forest district. Forests take up about half of the park. Its main buildings are Golden Palace, Sutra Hall, and the New Palace constructed in 1954.

Norbulingka Park is a classical combination of the Tibetan religion, art and architecture. And as a famous sight of Lhasa, Tibet, it was added to the List of World Heritage as an extension of the Potala Palace by the UNESCO in December 2001.

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