A Chinese poet dubbed the "Poet Sage" of the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) has become an Internet superstar 1,300 years after his birth.
Du Fu's image in textbook.
Doodle of Du.
However, this fame is not based on the literary achievements of Du Fu, but on a craze for doodling on his portrait in a school textbook.
Thousands of web users have uploaded images of their take on Du, turning the poet into different characters ranging from a marksman to a young woman holding a doll.
But the doodle frenzy, that has the caption "It is said that Du Fu is a little bit busy these days," has divided opinion online, and a museum devoted to Du in Chengdu City in Sichuan Province has called on doodlers to show respect.
To illustrate how busy Du is, netizens "masterpieces" depict Du riding a scooter, lugging a water barrel, in silhouette listening to an iPod, holding a young woman in his arms, transformed into Johnny Depp in "Pirates of the Caribbean," basketball star Jeremy Lin and even monsters in online games.