residence of the great Tang Dynasty poet Du Fu
(712-770) stands by Wanhua (Flower) Stream in the
western outskirts of Chengdu. In 759, Du Fu was
forced to leave his hometown and settle in Chengdu,
where he built the thatched cottage. Of his many
poems, which are still widely known among the
Chinese people, over 240 were composed here.
To commemorate the great poet, an
exhibition hall has been set up there, which
displays many different editions and foreign
translations of his works. Visitors here always find
it interesting to wander among the bamboo groves and
ponds in the peaceful compound around the cottage,
retracing the footsteps of the great writer whose
poems have withstood the test of over 1,400 years.