The 14th Dalai Lama, Tibet’s spiritual and political leader has said Norbulingka Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, is one his favorite places on earth. Construction on the red and yellow building with its gold roof began in 1755 and took almost 30 years to complete. Tibet is now under Chinese control and the Dalai Lama has been in exile since 1959.
In Norbulingka Palace, he said “between my lessons, I could walk and run among the flowers and orchards, and the peacocks and the tame musk deer. There I played on the edge of the lake and twice nearly drowned myself. And there, also in the lake, I used to feed my fish, which would rise to the surface expectantly when they heard my footsteps.”