Du Fu Thatched Cottage, Chengdu
|Du Fu Thatched Cottage, Chengdu|
Du Fu Thatched Cottage (杜甫草堂/Dù Fǔ Cǎo Táng) is a museum dedicated to Du Fu, an influential Chinese poet from the Tang Dynasty. Established as a national heritage site of China in 1961, it is located in the western outskirts of Chengdu, where devotees go to to pay tribute to Du Fu and his large collection of poems highly valued in Chinese literature.
A pair of golden orioles sings in green willows
A column of snowy egrets flies off in blue sky
My window contains peaks with a thousand years of ice
My gate harbors boats from ten thousand miles downriver
|Serene, peaceful, and calm surrounding|
Du FuThe poet spent 10 years in Xi'an and only moved to Chengdu in year 759 to escape the An-Shi Rebellion. There, he built a thatched cottage where he stayed for four years. It was during these years that his creativity peaked, having written 240 poems - many of which were inspired by the serene ambiance surrounding his new home. An example is "My Thatched Hut was Torn Apart by Autumn Wind", which shaped the way poems were written in the following generations. His works are still being taught in Chinese schools till present days.
Du Fu MuseumThis museum complex is comprised of the Thatched Cottage of Du Fu, Gong Bu Temple, Da Ya Tang Hall (Hall of Great Poets), Tablet Pavilion, Fan’an Temple, Plum Garden and other minor structures. Visitors are able to read his poems from the wood carvings hung on the wall. Outside the main hall is a life-size statue of Du Fu, while the inside exhibits twelve other statues of China's most popular and respected poets along with their histories.
|Wood carvings of poems|
|Life-size statue of Du Fu|
|Statues of famous Chinese poets in Da Ya Tang|
|Pathway leading to a pavilion|
|Painting museum, where artworks are put up for sale|
Thatched Cottage of Du Fu
The original thatched cottage built by Du Fu was destroyed a long time ago. The reconstructed cottage was rebuilt in 1961, and is heavily influenced by architecture of the Ming Dynasty. The cottage further undergo renovation during the Qing Dynasty in 1811.
|The Screen Wall - An iconic entrance to the thatched cottage|
|Inside Du Fu Thatched Cottage|
Exhibition Hall of Cultural Relics
The hall lies in the northeast of the Du Fu museum, which exhibits ruins and cultural relics dated back to the Tang Dynasty which were unearthed in 2001.
|Exhibition Hall of Cultural Relics of the Tang Dynasty|
In my opinion, the Du Fu Thatched Cottage is only worth a visit if you have extra time on hand. Travelers with a limited time at Chengdu should prioritize other attractions like the Leshan Giant Buddha and the Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.
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Take bus No. 58 from Jinhe Road or bus No. 802 from Chengdu North Railway Station and get off at Du Fu Cao Tang Station
Du Fu Thatched Cottage
38 Qinghua Lu, Chengdu City, Sichuan Province
8am to 6pm (winter); 8am to 6.30pm (summer)
Ticket counter closes 20 minutes before closing time