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.
|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 Screen Wall - An iconic entrance to the thatched cottage|
|Inside Du Fu Thatched Cottage|
Exhibition Hall of Cultural Relics
|Exhibition Hall of Cultural Relics of the Tang Dynasty|