Both of the Summer Palace and the Norbulingka are the famous imperial gardens in China. The Summer Palace is a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. The natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with artificial features to form a harmonious ensemble of outstanding esthetic value. When you take a train to Tibet, you will find that the Norbulingka is a little bit different from the Summer Palace. As the largest man-made garden in Tibet, the Norbulingka reflects both the ethnical and religious features of the Tibetan people and embodies the architecture style of inland China. You can look at Beijing-Lhasa-Xi'an-Shanghai Tour for more information.
The natural beauty in the back hill can be in sharp contrast of the splendid halls and pavilions in the front hill. Having a full view by the Kunming Lake, both near and far, you will find that the glistening waters, the meandering banks, well-arranged islands and a host of architectural structures in different styles can combine to present a wonderful view of the Summer Palace landscape. For more information, please look at WindhorseTour's Beijing to Lhasa tour.
The most popular thing to do in the Norbulingka is watching the production process of Thangka and taking part in the activities which are held here. As a unique kind of Tibetan scroll painting with silk embroidery, Thangkas depict all aspects of Tibet including religion, history and culture. The activities here are shooting, archery, singing and dancing. Travelers also can have picnics and drink yogurt on the open ground. When you take a train to Tibet, you will find the culture and lifestyles in Tibet are completely different from in Beijing. Lastly, enjoy yourself in the journey and relax through the incredible journey.