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Du Fu Thatched Cottage

Location:in the west of the city center of Chengdu;
Opening time:summer 7:30-19:00;winter 8:00-18:00
Tel:86-10-6351-8284;
Best time for visit: all year long
Recommended time for a visit:2 hours
Open: summer 7:30-19:00;winter 8:00-18:00. Tickets:RMB60;(Students RMB30).
Website:www.dufu-cottage.com

How to Get There

1) Take buses NO. 301,82, 84,35,17;

Introduction

A museum and memorial for Du Fu (712-770 AD), often called China's greatest poet, surrounded by a large and beautiful garden. Du Fu spent five years in Chengdu, the peak of his creativity, living in a thatched hut on this site.
Du Fu Thatched Cottage is an idyllic 24-acre (97,000 m2) park and museum in honour of the Tang Dynasty poet Du Fu at the western outskirts of Chengdu, adjacent to the Huanhua Xi, (Flower Rinsing Creek). In 1961, the Chinese government established Du Fu Thatched Cottage as a national heritage site. Du, along with Li Bai, his contemporary, is considered one of the greatest poets in China. He harbored ambitions to help the country in ways similar to Zhuge Liang, by becoming a good civil servant, but war and rebellion devastated the country and frequently forced him to run for survival. The last 15 years of his life were a time of constant unrest.

Histroy

In 759 Du Fu moved to Chengdu, built a thatched hut near the Flower Rinsing Creek and lived there 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."

Museum

The original thatched hut built by Du Fu was destroyed. Key buildings in the Du Fu Cao Tang Park were constructed in the early 16th century during the Ming dynasty and extensively renovated in 1811 during the Qing dynasty.
Du Fu Thatched Cottage consists of several areas:
- Du Gong Bu:Du Gong Bu memorial Hall (Du Gongbu ci), where the life and work of Du Fu was displayed, the library area displayed published works of Du Fu, including some rare Song dynasty wood carving editions. The foreign language section displays a large number of foreign language books of Du Fu's works.
- The Thatched Cottage of Du Fu:The Thatched Cottage of Du Fu. A reconstructed thatched hut partitioned into a study, a bedroom and kitchen, recreating the living and working environment of Du Fu's time.
- The Hall of great poets:The Hall of great poets (Da Ya Tang). An exhibition hall with a 16 meter long by 4 meter tall mural painting portraying scenes from Du Fu's poems: "My Thatched Hut Wrecked by the Autumn Wind" and "A Song of War Chariots". There are also statues of twelve prominent Chinese poets (including Qu Yuan, Tao Qian, Li Bai, Wang Wei, Su Shi, Li Qingzhao, Lu You) on display.

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