Du Fu’s Thatched Cottage, located on the banks of Huanhua Creek outside the west gate of Chengdu, is the former residence of the famous Tang Dynasty poet Du Fu when he lived in Chengdu. Du Fu lived here for nearly four years and wrote hundreds of poems, so the cottage was regarded as a “holy land” in the history of Chinese literature. Today’s Du Fu’s Thatched Cottage has been restored many times in the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. The cottage today is lined with pavilions and towering ancient trees.
The cottage house was restored with reference to the characteristics of the western Sichuan dwellings and it has become the iconic landscape of Du Fu’s Thatched Cottage. In the bonsai garden on the east side of the cottage, there is a calligraphy wood carving gallery that was built in 1999, which displays more than 100 pieces of Du Fu’s calligraphy wood carving works. The cottage has three doors, the main gate and the south gate are located in the south of the cottage, and the north gate is located in the northwest. The main gate and the south gate are not far apart, and tourists mostly come in and out through these two gates.
Du Fu’s Thatched Cottage is the most cultural place in Chengdu. Du Fu took refuge there, built a garden, and wrote countless poems in the small study. What is the most worth seeing in the thatched cottage is the former ruins of the former residence in the garden. The entire courtyard is not large. Compared with the shaded trees and the main hall in the outer circle of the thatched cottage, Du Fu’s Thatched Cottage is not eye-catching, but there are many tourists. Another special feature of Du Fu’s Thatched Cottage is the “Cottage” shadow wall that was taken by Chairman Mao in the past, which is worth a visit.
Du Fu’s Thatched Cottage has many stories about Poet Du Fu! It is also a great place for literati! The environment inside is beautiful! The culture atmosphere is very strong! It is a good place for children, teachers and scholars.