Regarded by many as the greatest Chinese Poet, Tu Fu's contributions to Chinese literature and culture are immeasurable. Often referred to as China's Poet-Historian, Tu Fu's work spans over 1,500 poems and has earned him comparisons to Western masters such as Shakespeare and Virgil. Though noted for the wide range and impeccable quality of his verse, Tu Fu's highest esteem comes from his astute historical commentary and sage-like moral voice. It is in honor of this literary luminary that the Native Place of Tu Fu was memorialized.
Situated in an unusually beautiful spot of country known as the Loukou Spring Outing, the Native Place of Tu Fu is found in the Nanyaowan Villiage of Zhanjie Town. The house of Tu Fu is graced with a south-facing courtyard that features a bronze statue of the great poet. Tu Fu's anthology, comic strips of his life and paintings produced by renowned artists are also on display in the courtyard. Through several eras, prominent Chinese dignitaries have honored Tu Fu with steles and inscriptions. Qing Dynasty governor, Zhang Han, presented a tablet announcing the "Native Place of the Poem Sage." More recently, the Memorial Hall of Tu Fu's Native Place was established in 1962. Guo Moruo, the renowned modern litterateur, composed the Hall's name tablet.