How to Visit Du Fu Thatched Cottage, Du Fu Cottage in Chengdu

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Du Fu Thatched Cottage is a must for Chengdu first time visitors. Du Fu was a famous poet (712-770) in Tang Dynasty ( 618 – 907 ).  In 759 Du Fu and his family fled to Chengdu to keep from the An-Shi Rebellion breaking out in 758. With the help of his friends, he built a straw-roofed  hut near the Flower Rinsing Creek and lived there for over four years.

During his four years in Chengdu,  He wrote 240 poems that are still popular till today in China. Among them: “My Thatched Hut was torn apart by Autumn Wind” and “The Prime Minister of Shu”. The “thatched Cottage” period was the prime time of Du Fu’s creativity.

After Du Fu left Chengdu, his thatched cottage was dilapidated. Wei Zhuang, a poet in the Five Dynasties (907 – 960), reconstructed the cottage on the original site in honor of Du Fu. The cottage was preserved and renovated through Song, Yuan Ming and Qing dynasties.

Today the cottage has been turned into a museum and a park, a popular destination for Du Fu enthusiasts around the world to pay tribute to the great poet. In 1961, the Du Fu Thatched House was listed as a National Heritage site.

Du Fu Cottage is on the west of the city center of Chengdu. Du fu Cottage (west), Qingyang Taoist Temple(north) and Wuhou Shrine (south) form a triangle and close to each other.

How to get there:
Opening hours: 08:00 – 18:00
Bus lines: 301,82, 84,35,17
Entrance fee: RMB 60

This is my second visit to Du Fu Cao Tang (Thatched House). My first visit dated back to the year of 1989, 22 years ago. Du fu Thatched Cottage has three main gates – front gate, south gate and north. I suggest entering the south gate, and exit from north gate.

To my surprise, today’s Du Fu Cottage area is much larger than I saw 22 years. It is more like a huge park teemd with leafy bamboo, streams, creeks, pavilions, ponds, rockeries, a showcase of Chinese traditional culture, particularly Chinese gardening.

The panorama of the Thatched Cottage area

The Screen Wall of the Thatched Cottage. At the entrance of the garden path stands a screen wall with a hand writing “Thatched Cottage”. In 1958, Ma Zedong took a photo here, hence the representative tourist attraction.

The Screen Wall of the Thatched Cottage

Flowery Path. In Du Fu’s Peom, “Flowery path has never been cleared for the visit of a guest”.

Flowery Path.

The entrance to the Thatched House

The entrance to the Thatched House

The Thatched Cottage

The Thatched Cottage

Living room

Living room

Kitchen

Kitchen

Study

Study

 

The north entrance to the Thatched House

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One Response to “How to Visit Du Fu Thatched Cottage, Du Fu Cottage in Chengdu”

  1. Daniel says:

    Hello Crissy,

    The Thatched Cottages has been turnen into a huge park. Usually it takes about one and half to visit the park. Personally, I’d prefer to choose Wangjiang Tower.

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