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Dufu Thatched Cottage

Located at the western outskirts of Chengdu, adjacent to the Huanhua Xi Park, Dufu Thatched Cottage was once the residence of the famous Tang Dynasty (618-907) poet Dufu, which today is a park and museum in honor of him.

In the year of 759 A.D., Dufu moved from Gansu Province to the outskirts of Chengdu and built a thatched hut where he lived for four years. The "thatched hut" period was the peak of Du Fu's creativity, during which he wrote two hundred and forty poems, among them "My Thatched Hut was torn apart by Autumn Wind" and "The Prime Minister of Shu" is widely read by people.

Dufu Thatched Cottage

Although the original thatched cottage built by Dufu was destroyed, the site was renovated in the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1912) dynasties and enlarged to its present scale as a park with fine gardening.

At the site proper, built along a central axis are the Screen Wall, Front Gate, Grand Lobby, Memorial of the Poet-Historian, Firewood Gate, Gongbu Shrine and other major buildings, flanked by symmetrical cloisters and other accessory structures. With winding stream, small bridge, leafy bamboos, and trees reaching for the sky, the site is noted for its solemnity, tranquility, and elegance. On the east side of the Gongbu Shrine, stands the pavilion sheltering the stone tablet with the handwriting of Shaoling Thatched Cottage, which has been the symbolic scenic spot of Du Fu Thatched Cottage as well as a famed sight in Chengdu.

Dufu Thatched Cottage

Behind Gongbu Shrine, is located the straw-roofed residence of Dufu, reconstructed in accordance with his poetic description and the style of Ming Dynasty, which displays the idyllic view and constitutes the poetic atmosphere. The Exhibition Hall of Cultural Relics of Tang Dynasty lies in the northeast of Du Fu Thatched Cottage. In 2005, Pagoda of Blessings was reconstructed, and then a bird view of the picturesque scenery can be obtained from the balustrades on the building, which becomes another symbolic architecture of Dufu Thatched Cottage and new highlight of cultural tourism to welcome friends from home and abroad to taste its profound historical and cultural essence and to admire its brand-new outlooks.

Ticket price: ¥ 60

Opening hours: 08:00 - 18:30 (summer); 08:00 —18:00 (winter)

Ticket sales close at: 17:40