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.


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Du Fu Thatched Cottage, Chengdu


Du Fu Thatched Cottage, Chengdu

History of Du Fu Thatched Cottage

In year 759, the poet Du Fu has built a thatched hut at Huanhua Xi (Flower Rinsing Creek) where he resided for four years. These were the years where Du Fu was at the peak of his career, where he wrote over two hundred poems, including the renowned "My Thatched Hut was torn apart by Autumn Wind".

Today, it has become a popular destination for Chinese poetry enthusiasts around the world. The cottage relies on donations from wealthy and prominent Chinese to be restored and preserved. The names of the donators are carved on the walls near the cottage.

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Beautiful waterfall and pool at the Du Fu Thatched Cottage park
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Visitors can take a leisurely walk around the Du Fu Thatched Cottage park


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


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Du Fu Thatched Cottage park
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A path through bamboos and bushes at the Du Fu Thatched Cottage park
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Serene, peaceful, and calm surrounding at Du Fu Thatched Cottage, Chengdu


Popular Chinese Poet Du Fu

The poet Du Fu 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.

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Life-size statue of the poet Du Fu


Du Fu Thatched Cottage Museum

This 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.

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Wood carvings of poems written by Du Fu - China's greatest poet
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Statues of famous Chinese poets in Da Ya Tang museum
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Pathway leading to a pavilion at Du Fu Thatched Cottage, Chengdu
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Painting museum, where artworks are put up for sale
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Du Fu Thatched Cottage, Chengdu
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Serenity at Du Fu Thatched Cottage, Chengdu


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.

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The Screen Wall - An iconic entrance to the thatched cottage


Photos of the Du Fu Thatched Cottage, Chengdu

Visitors are allowed to freely explore the restored cottages, park and museum. You are given a glimpse into the life and former home of the poet Du Fu here.

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Inside the Du Fu Thatched Cottage, Chengdu
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The restored home of the popular Chinese poet Du Fu
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Inside the Du Fu Thatched Cottage, Chengdu
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Restored areas within the 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.
 
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Exhibition Hall of Cultural Relics at Du Fu Thatched Cottage
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Historical artifacts on display at the Du Fu Museum
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Exhibition Hall of Cultural Relics of the Tang Dynasty


How to Get to Du Fu Thatched Cottage

To arrive at this location, take bus No. 58 from Jinhe Road or bus No. 802 from Chengdu North Railway Station at Chengdu city and get off at the Du Fu Cao Tang Station.

Du Fu Thatched Cottage Ticket Price

Entrance fee to the Du Fu Thatched Cottage is priced at RMB60 per person. The recommended duration required to tour the cottages and park is 3 hours. English speaking tour guides are available for hires, depending on availability.

Is Du Fu Thatched Cottage Worth Visiting?

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.


Du Fu Thatched Cottage

Address: 28 Caotang Road, Qing Yang Gong Shang Quan, Qingyang District, 610001 Chengdu, Sichuan, China.
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (winter); 8am to 6.30pm (summer)
*Ticket counter closes 20 minutes before closing time

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