Dufu’s Thatched Cottage， also called the Huanhua Cottage, Gongbu Cottage or Shaoling Cottage, is located in the side of a stream called the Huanhua in the west suburbs of the Chengdu city of Sichuan province. It is nowadays a Dufu’s Thatched Cottage museum in honor of the great realism poet Dufu in Tang dynasty in China. It was the residence of Dufu when he reached Chengdu and was rebuilt and protected by the later generations.
Dufu, a famous representative of the realism, lived in the turning period from the prosperous to the decline in the Tang Dynasty. His poems are characterized by the archaism, eight lines, and various styles and depressed feeling to show the historical process of economy of the Tang Dynasty changing from the prosperity to the depression, and it has been called the “Poem History”. He has also been praised as the “Poet Sage” because of his great attainments of his thought and artist for his creation of poems and his glorious achievement. He has written more than 1,400 poems in total.
Covering an area of nearly 300 hectares, the Dufu’s Thatched Cottage completely maintains the pattern of the Jiaqing period in Qing Dynasty. The gardens inside it are very unique mixed Chinese classical gardens and the museum is divided into 3 parts according to its functions: the cultural relics sightseeing area, the garden sightseeing area and the service area. In the cultural relics sightseeing area, you will see the river winding across the bridge with the bamboo trees surrounding along both banks, which makes it not only solemn, simple and elegant, but also deeply quiet and pretty. The Stele Pavilion “Shaoling Cottage” inside the museum symbolizes the cottage of Dufu, and it has been the symbolic attraction of the Dufu’s Thatched Cottage and the famous attraction in Chengdu.
Travel tips: 1) Opening time: 7:30 a.m. to 19:00 p.m. in summer and 8:00 a.m. to 18:00 p.m. in winter. 2) Ticket price: 60 RMB/ adult. 3) Ways to get there: take the city buses No. 208, 82, 59, 35, 170, 58 and 165 to the Dufu’s Thatched Cottage stop.