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Du Fu Thatched Cottage

Listed under Museums in Chengdu, China.

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Du Fu was a prolific poet in the Tang Dynasty. Some 1500 of his poems have been recorded for posterity, many linking historical stories to everyday morality. This is seen as a grand theme in Chinese culture and Du Fu is considered one of two greatest poets; the other being Li Bai.

Du Fu lived in tumultuous times and suffered much. At one point, frustrated by demotion in his government office, he moved to Chengdu and 'retired' to a thatched cottage where he and his family were poor but at peace. The tourist attraction that now bears this name is not the original cottage but a reconstruction, and much on display can only be appreciated if you can read Chinese characters. The site is still worth a visit for its tranquil gardens and for the many artworks in tribute to the great man.

Written by  Ian Ford.

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