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05 July 2010

Lilies at Norbulingka gardens in Lhasa, the Dalai Lamas' summer palaces

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The Norbulingka is a palace and adjacent park in Lhasa and used to serve as the summer residence of the dalai lama's from around 1780 until the invasion of China in 1959. The park was constructed around 1750 by the seventh dalai lama Kšlsang Gyatso. The palace is located three kilometres west of the Potala palace that was used as winter palace. In the beginning of the 20th century the palace was extended with new buildings. In 2001 the palace was UNESCO listed as a part of the historical Potala palace group, together with the Jokhang temple. The park also contains a zoo with animals that had brought to the dalai lama as gifts. Around 1950 Heinrich Harrer, played by Brad Pitt in the "7 years in Tibet" movie, build a cinema on the grounds by order of the 14th dalai lama, Tenzin Gyatso.