The Dalai Lama lives in the Potala during winter, and the summer palace is Norbulingka, a royal garden two kilometers west of the Potala in Lhasa. Norbulingka is a park-like complex serve as the Dalai Lama’s residence and office. Norbulingka in Tibetan mean the garden of treasures, and it is indeed a treasured garden with over one hundred plants including rare species from the northern and southern Himalayas, and over 30,000 cultural relics of ancient Tibetan history are preserved here.
Before the 1740’s, the site of Norbulingka was a wild land of beasts weeds, and the since the 7th Dalai Lama likes to visit the location to cure his heath problems, the Qing ambans built him a palace. in 1751, the 7th Dalai built another palace named after himself called Kelsang Phodang, and it has ever been used by the following Dalai Lamas to do office works and meet with Tibetan officials and monks.
Many additions had been added like royal theaters, menagerie, chapels and auditoriums since Norbulingka was founded and it is now one of the best-preserved royal garden if not the best. The garden is now open to all and all seasons would be fine to visit, and the ticket is 60 yuan.