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China Renovates Dalai Lama's Summer Palace

[WTN-L World Tibet Network News. Published by The Canada Tibet Committee. Issue ID: 2003/01/06; March 18, 2003.]

People's Daily
March 18, 2003

The renovation work on Norbu Lingka-- the Dalai Lama's summer palace, got underway on Tuesday in the western suburbs of Lhasa, the capital city of the Tibet Autonomous Region.

Norbu Lingka, covering 360,000 square meters, the largest palace garden in Tibet, was built in 1751 by the 7th Dalai Lama. Successive Dalai Lamas inhabited the palace, studying Buddhism until the age of 18. The Dalai Lamas, upon assuming power, moved into the Potala Palace, but from March to October every year, theyreturned to Norbu Lingka to perform administrative and religious duties.

The Chinese government plans to spend 60 million yuan (7.23 million US dollars) to renovate Norbu Lingka, which was included on the prestigious World Cultural Heritage list in 2001.

The renovation project is being carried out by two architectural firms, one from Suzhou and the other from Lhasa, and will be completed in 2004. The Norbu Lingka project is one of three renovation projects oncultural relic architectures, which have an estimated combined price tag of 333 million yuan (about 40 million US dollars). The other two projects are the Potala Palace and the Sakya Monastery.


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