A very popular attraction in Chengdu is the historic ‘cottage’ once lived in by the famous Chinese poet “Du Fu”. One fine Sunday I decided to head off by myself and check it out.
Du Fu (Dù Fǔ – 杜甫) is a famous Chinese poet who lived from 712-770, during the Tang Dynasty. From what I understand, within Chinese historical poetry he holds a status similar to Shakespeare in English literature. As it turns out Du Fu spent a number of years living in a thatched cottage on the site of modern day Chengdu. During this period he wrote at least 240 poems including the aptly named “My Thatched Hut was torn apart by Autumn Wind” – perhaps describing the reason he left Chengdu. The ‘cottage’ that exisits today is not the original and has been rebuilt, changed and renovated with the earliest parts of the current complex dating back to the 16th century. History lesson over.
The gardens and building are very traditional looking and throughout the 24 acre grounds there are many interesting things to see. Again I was amazed that within a huge city like Chengdu it was possible to find peace. It was quite busy in the main areas but if you were willing to search for the less trodden paths it did feel very tranquil and traditional.
COST – 60RMB – £6 – which is quite a lot for an attraction in Chengdu, but I think it was well worth it.
TIME – I spent a blissful 3 hours strolling round taking many photographs and reading most of the English information signs. It could be done in less than 2.
RATING – 4/5
Check out my video below to get some understanding of what it is like.
Du Fu Cottage Photo Gallery