Dalai Lama's official residence closed to visitors due to heavy snow in Tibet's capital
"The palace is only closed on the Tibetan New Year's Eve and the second day of the New Year. There was no closure due to weather in the past," state-run Xinhua news agency quoted Jorden, deputy director of the palace administrative office as saying.
This winter's first snow in Lhasa came early Tuesday morning and did not stop until Wednesday morning. The city saw 10 cm of snow, and the temperature dropped to minus 9.4 degrees Celsius at 9 AM Wednesday, according to the regional meteorological bureau.
The regional meteorological bureau issued a yellow alert for a blizzard Tuesday morning.
The palace has been converted into a museum. It was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1994 and is the most famous tourist attraction in Tibet. Over 1.45 million tourists visited it in 2017.
The construction of the palace took 45 years and was completed in 1694.
(With inputs from agencies.)
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