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Thatched Cottage of Du Fu

Du Fu, a very famous poet, lived in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). Just as its name implies, the Thatched Cottage of Du Fu was his home more than a thousand years ago.

Du Fu was born in Gongyi City, Henan Province in 712. In 746, he took the official examination in Chang'an (now known as Xian) and continued to live there for more than ten years after the failure. But, in order to get away from the An-Shi Rebellion breaking out in 758, he fled to Chengdu in 759. With the help of friends, the thatched cottage was built in 760 beside the Flower Bathing Brook on the western outskirts of Chengdu. During the four years stay there, he composed more than 240 poems that are considered to be precious national treasures.

Bronze Statue of Du Fu
Bronze Statue of Du Fu

After Du Fu's departure from Chengdu, the cottage was abandoned for a long time and became dilapidated. Hundreds of years later in the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127) a new temple was built on the original site to commemorate this outstanding person in Chinese literature. From then on, it was renovated and enlarged repeatedly. There were two very important reconstructions in 1500 and 1811 respectively, both of which set the scale and structure of the present thatched cottage. Today, it is a shrine to Chinese literature and a commemorative museum in the form of a traditional garden.

The Thatched Cottage of Du Fu covers a total area of 24 hectares (about 59 acres), and is the co mbination of both Fan'an Temple in the east and the Plum Garden in the west. Construction inside belongs to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) style, with gardens in the unique compound style of traditional Chinese gardening. Inside the thatched cottage: gardens are quiet; streams are winding; bridges and pavilions are interwoven; trees reach for the sky; plum trees and bamboos stand side by side; and classical architectural styles bring you a strong cultural atmosphere. Besides, whenever you walk here, you will feel uplifted, because the plum blossoms in spring, the lotus flowers in summer, the chrysanthemums in autumn and the orchids in winter will bring you the enjoyment of both man-made beauty and nature's romance.

History in Verse Hall
History in Verse Hall
Thatching
Thatching
The area includes several amazing structures. Next to each other in a line that divides the whole thatched cottage area into two parts are the Screen Wall, the Gate, the Lobby, the History in Verse Hall, the Faggot Gate, and the Gong Bu Temple. On each side there are cloisters and other attached buildings echoing each other. This layout gives the place solemnity, simplicity, elegance, and grace.
Shrine of Du Fu
Shrine of Du Fu
Tablet Pavilion
Tablet Pavilion
To the east of the Gong Bu Temple stands the Tablet Pavilion, which is on the original site of the cottage. It has 5 main and 4 attached rooms with thatched roofs and is surrounded by bamboo fences, vegetable gardens and herb plots. All these endow a strong atmosphere of culture. Again, the grand bronze statue of Du Fu in the Memorial Hall and the vivid earthen figure of Du Fu in Gong Bu Temple all impart a feeling of deep respect for the poet.

The Du Fu Thatched Cottage  stretches out its arms to welcome visitors from all over the world.

Transportation:
Take bus 19, 35, 58, 82, 151, 165, 170, 309, 319, 1024 or 1031, and get off at Du Fu Cao Tang station. 
 Chengdu Bus / Subway Search

Admission Fee: CNY 60
Opening Hours:

May to October: 8:00-18:30
November to the next April: 8:00 -18:00
Ticketing stops 20 minutes before the closing time.

Travel Tip:
There are sightseeing buses for other famous tourist places, such as Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Dujiangyan Irrigation System and Mount Qingcheng.
 Chengdu Sightseeing Bus

 Nearby Attraction:
Sichuan Museum: the largest comprehensive museum in southwestern China; numerous historical collections.
Huanhua Stream Park: the largest urban forest park in Chengdu.