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Thatched Cottage of Du Fu

Thatched Cottage of Du Fu, Chengdu 

Du Fu, lived during the time changing from the pinnacle to the decline of the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907), and was a great Chinese realism poet. His path through life was hard and he was unable to be successful in his chosen profession, but Du Fu achieved much in the composing of poetry, and hence, hailed to be the poet of highest attainments in Chinese history.

The Thatched Cottage of Du Fu is his former residence, modestly named by himself, the thatched cottage. In order to avoid from the Rebellion of An and Shi (the turning pointing of the Tang Dynasty, bringing the dynasty to its eventual downfall), he was forced to leave from Chang'an (Xian) to Chengdu City. With the help of friends, Du Fu established a new home on the bank of Wanhua Brook outside the west gate of Chengdu City where the Thatched Cottage of Du Fu is. In just short of the four years that Du Fu lived here, he wrote more than 240 poems. To venerate the great poet, people established gardens and temples from the Northern Song Dynasty (960 - 1127). The thatched cottage having been renovated many times and is fact actually a beautiful park dedicated to the remembrance of Du Fu. Tourists may appreciate the introduction to Du Fu's life, his statues, memorial paintings, wood carvings, couplets and also many of Du Fu's finest works with foreign translations.

Strolling through the thatched cottage provides tourists the opportunity to both ponder to ancient times and enjoy the delights of nature.

Visitors can get there by taking No. 301, 82, 84, 35, 17 bus.

Admission Fee: CNY 60
Opening Hours: 8:00 -18:00

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