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The Thatched Cottage of Du Fu is located at the side of the Flower Washing Brook in the western suburbs of Chengdu, the former residence of the famous Tang Dynasty poet, Du Fu. There are exhibitions that provide details of Du Fu's life and work. In the year 759 A.D, at the age of 47, compelled by poverty and social upheaval, he moved from Gansu to the outskirts of Chengdu and built a thatched hut. During his stay of nearly four years, he composed more than 240 poems reflecting upon the misery of the people. The original residence disappeared long ago.

Du Fu's Thatched Cottage has been a shrine in the history of Chinese literature. It was dilapidated and collapsed after Du Fu left. It came to the period of the Former Shu Kingdom during the Five Dynasties when Wei Zhuang, a famous poet, found the site and rebuilt the cottage. Du Fu's Thatched Cottage covers an area of 16 hectares. Constructions inside represent Qing Dynasty style, with the compoud in Chinese traditional gardening style. The Gate, the Screen Wall, the Lobby, the history in Verse Hall, and the Gong Bu Temple are lined one by one along the central axis, flanked by corridors and other auxiliary buildings. Around the house are bamboo fences and inside the fences are vegetables and herb plots, easily reminding people of the scenes described in Du Fu's poems. While taking a quiet walk in such a historical cultural environment, visitors are apt to be brought back to the ancient times. 

It was renovated in the Ming and Qing dynasties and enlarged to its present scale in an expansive park, including a bamboo garden, several pavilions, and a number of bridges. The inside of the Cottage is home to several buildings, including the Gongbuci Temple, Shaoling, Stone Monument and many others. There are several exhibitions in the cottage that mentioning Du Fu's life and work. Works from other writers and artists are also on display inside. The actual cottage where Du Fu supposedly stayed is very small in comparison the area of the park, but it is still interesting to see how one of China's most famous poets lived.
How to travel The Thatched Cottage of Du Fu, Here are some guide information about The Thatched Cottage of Du Fu. The detail is following:
Address: Caotanglu of Qingyang District, Chengdu
Admission Fee: CNY 60
Opening hours: 08:00 a.m-18:00 p.m
Contact Hotline: 86 28 87327392

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