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Thatched Cottage of Du Fu

dufu-cottageThe Thatched Cottage of Du Fu is located in the western suburbs of Chengdu. It is the former residence of the celebrated Tang dynasty poet, Du Fu.

dufu-cottage01Du Fu (712-770AD) was born in Henan province. He used to be an official in Chang'an (present Xi'an), the capital of the Tang dynasty. 10 years later, a rebellion broke out at the end of the Tang dynasty, and Du Fu went to Chengdu in order to get away from the rebellion. He built a humble cottage in this area and stayed for four years. During these four years, he composed more than 240 poems that are considered to be precious national treasures.

The cottage became dilapidated after Du Fu left Chengdu. Hundreds of years later, in the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), a new temple was built on the original site of the thatched cottage to commemorate this outstanding person. It was renovated and enlarged several times. The present thatched cottage is a shrine to Chinese literature and a commemorative museum in the form of a traditional garden, in which leafy bamboos and plum trees grow, streams wind, and bridges and pavilions are interwoven.

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