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Chengdu Du Fu Thatched Cottage was once the residence of the poet during his sojourn in Chengdu. In the winter of 759, Du and his family relocated to an ancient temple in west Chengdu to escape from the warfare. In the next spring, he built a dwelling near the Blossom-Bathing Brook under the financial support of his friends and named it Thatched Cottage. Through renovation and expansion in the past millennium, it is now a memorial hall dedicated to the poet Du Fu.

Opening hours::8:30-18:30(ticket sales until 17:30)

Location:No. 37, Qinghua Road, Qingyang District, Chengdu City

Hotline: 028-68921800

  • 1Front Gate
  • 2Grand Lobby
  • 3Memorial of the Poet-Historian
  • 4Firewood Gate
  • 5Gongbu Shrine
  • 6Tablet Pavilion
  • 7Thatched Cottage Scenic Area
  • 8Tang Dynasty Site
  • 9Flowery Path
  • 10Screen Wall of the Thatched Cottage
  • 11Hall of Odes
  • 1古建
  • 2园林
  • 3浣花园林区
Front Gate
You’re now at the Front Gate of the Thatched Cottage, the first part of the old building complex. The two Chinese characters “草堂” (Thatched Cottage) on the inscribed board were replicated from the “少陵草堂” (Shaoling Thatched Cottage) Tablet inscribed by Aisin Gioro Yunli — Prince Guo of the Qing Dynasty.
Grand Lobby
The copper statue in front of the Grand Lobby depicts the poet in his old-age predicament, sitting on the prow, contemplating with a book in hand. The statue was created by Mr. Qian Shaowu, a renowned Chinese contemporary sculptor and a professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts.
Memorial of the Poet-Historian
In the center of the Memorial stands a copper statue created by Mr. Liu Kaiqu, a celebrated sculptor in modern China, who masterfully portrayed Du Fu in his post-adolescence and his strong patriotism.
Firewood Gate
Walking past the stone arch bridge, we arrive at the Firewood Gate — the smallest among the five buildings along the central axis. The spot was designated as the “Depth of the Blossom-Bathing Brook” during the Ming Dynasty and “Flowery Path with Herbal Fence” during the Qing Dynasty. Du Fu once called his courtyard gate the Firewood Gate in a poem, hence the name in the 1960s. The two characters “柴门” (Firewood Gate) on the board were inscribed by Mr. Pan Tianshou, a modern Chinese ink painting master.
Gongbu Shrine
The Gongbu Shrine stands as the last building along the central axis of the Thatched Cottage. The three Chinese characters “工部祠” (Gongbu Shrine) on the board were inscribed by the celebrated Chinese litterateur Ye Shengtao. “Gongbu” or the Ministry of Works is one of the six ministries in ancient Chinese administrative system, in charge of construction work.
Tablet Pavilion
The Shaoling Tablet Pavilion, at east of the Gongbu Shrine, is around 175cm tall and 80cm wide, engraved with patterns of two dragons frolicking with a pearl on its head as well as dragon patterns at its body top and both sides. Seeing off Dalai Lama back to Tibet, Prince Guo of the Qing Dynasty Aisin Gioro Yunli made a special trip to Taining (west of Kangding, Sichuan today) in 1734.
Thatched Cottage Scenic Area
Heading northward of the Tablet Pavilion through a wooden bridge, we come to the former residence of Du Fu renovated as per description in Du’s poems. Restoring the scene of the poet’s stay here, the Cottage allows visitors to truly experience what a poetic life Du Fu once lived.
Tang Dynasty Site
(both intact and damaged), dozens of Kaiyuan Tongbao currencies, and more importantly, relics revealing people’s life in the Tang Dynasty including three wells, eight house sites, one oven pit, five cellar pits, nine ash pits and four ditches were unearthed.
Flowery Path
This path laid ahead of us is the Flowery Path. Du Fu once mentioned in his poems that there was a path flanked by flowers and trees in front of his thatched cottage. Today’s Flowery Path actually refers to a red wall passage that links the former site of the Du Fu Thatched Cottage to the former Thatched Cottage Temple. Due to its beautiful scenery and poetic flavor, the path regularly shows up in Chengdu promotional video or films.
Screen Wall of the Thatched Cottage
At the end of the Flowery Path is the Screen Wall of the Thatched Cottage, with the two characters “草堂” (Thatched Cottage) inlaid with blue and white porcelain pieces. The country China is named for being the birthplace of chinaware, which is made with clay burnt in a temperature above 1,200℃ and then covered with glaze.
Hall of Odes
Cottage Temple. Redesigned into a hall to exhibit Chinese poetry culture, it was opened to the public in 2002. The three characters “大雅堂” (Hall of Odes) inscribed on the board over the front gate are taken from handwritings of Yan Zhenqing, the prestigious calligrapher of the Tang Dynasty. “大雅” (Ode) is a part of the Book of Songs, the earliest poetry collection in China, which reflects major events in ancient society and is treated as the paragon of poetry.



Du Fu Poem Steles

In terms of spatial layout, the Du Fu Poem Steles Program features two zones, i.e., the Cultural Relics Zone and the Garden Zone, which were completed before the Spring Festival of 2017 and at the end of 2018, respectively.

Bonsai Garden

​The Bonsai Garden was constructed in the 1960s. Bonsai, originated in China, is a fine traditional Chinese art that attempts to simulate natural scenery in flowerpot with plants, stones, water, and soil. By recreating the beauty of nature in miniature, it renders profound artistic conception through little details.


Location: No. 37, Qinghua Road, Qingyang District, Chengdu City [Online Map]

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