Du Fu’s Thatched Cottage

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

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

All of the buildings in the compound are linked between these amazingly ornate walkways.
All of the buildings in the compound are linked between these amazingly ornate walkways.
Many of the courtyards are filled with different types of trees.
Many of the courtyards are filled with different types of ancient looking  trees – very mystical.
Cherry Blossoms - some might think that Japan is the place for blossoms but China evidently has its fair share.
Cherry Blossoms – some might think that Japan is the place for blossoms but China evidently has its fair share.
Across a Koi Carp pond you can see one of the many "gift shops".
Across a Koi Carp pond you can see one of the many “gift shops”.
Follow the Red Brick Wall?! One of the most famous areas at Du Fu.
Follow the Red Brick Wall?! One of the most famous areas at Du Fu.
In one of the modern exhibits there are lots of bronze statues. This was one of my favourites. As you can see from the golden hand, many people have touched it buffing the dull bronze to a bright sheen - perhaps for good luck?
In one of the modern exhibits there are lots of bronze statues. This was one of my favourites. As you can see from the golden hand, many people have touched it buffing the dull bronze to a bright sheen – perhaps for good luck?
Follow the white walled road?! O.k I agree, I need to stop with this ;)
Follow the white walled road?! O.k I agree, I need to stop with this 😉

 

Within the grounds lie  more than just cottages, there are also a number of temples  - still in use today.
Within the grounds lie more than just cottages, there are also a number of temples – still in use today.

 

Temple view Du Fu - this is the view from the top of the temple, a sea of green leads to smog covered apartment buildings.
Temple view Du Fu – this is the view from the top of the temple, a sea of green leads to smog covered apartment buildings.
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