Located in a park at the west end of Chengdu’s city heart is Du Fu Thatched Cottage. In fact, the ‘cottage’ is a museum that comprises Du Fu Thatched Cottage, Du Gongbu Memorial Hall, and Da Ya Tang Hall, or Hall of Great Poets. Du Fu (712 – 770) is remembered as the greatest poet of the Tang Dynasty. The cottage, which was built with the help of friends on the Huanhuaxi Creek’s banks, is where he settled his family after fleeing conflict. During his four years living in the cottage, Du Fu composed more than 240 poems reflecting on the plight of people affected by the conflict. Although the original thatched hut built by Du Fu was destroyed, the main buildings in the park were reconstructed and renovated during the Ming and Qing dynasties.
Update: December 01, 2021