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Hue is the capital city of Thua Thien-Hue province, located in central Vietnam, about 700km south of Hanoi and about 1100 km north of Ho Chi Minh City. During the rule of Nguyen – the last feudal dynasty, from 1802 until 1945, Hue was the capital of the country. The city is well known for its monuments, architecture as well as beautiful natural landscape.
Straddling the Perfume River with the Royal Citadel mirrors itself into the calm water surface and Trang Tien Bridge like a rainbow spanning the River banks, the image of Hue reflects in many beautiful poems and songs and is called the city of love.

Constructed during early 19th century, the Hue Citadel was the symbol of Royal power with high mossy brick walls running more than 10km perimeter held the Forbidden City, the living area of Emperors and their family. Here, more than elsewhere in the country, vestiges of the past and traditional values are obvious anywhere with royal buildings, pagodas, monuments and so on still exist though many of them have ruined by the past wars.

On the Southern bank of the river is French quarter with trees line boulevards and French style buildings. It is the base for tourist with lots of hotels, restaurants and bars and is the most convenient place to wander around.

Few kilometers to the west of the city on the hilly area are Royal mausoleums built for diseased Emperors. All of them, big or small, are impressive with architectural style and natural scenery.
Hue is also an important center of Buddhism. In Hue and its surrounding still exist tens of pagodas constructed more 300 years ago, and a hundred of temples and pagodas built in the early century. Besides, Hue is a place where the royal music is originated, and a place with traditional famous dishes and sophisticated handicraft.

During the Vietnam War, the city was seriously damaged, especially the Royal Citadel and its buildings. After the war, many of the historic features of Hue were neglected because they were seen as the vestige of the feudalism and reactionary until early 1990s when the government suddenly realized its cultural and tourism values. Hue was recognized by UNESCO as World Cultural Heritage in Vietnam in 1993 and many historical areas of the city are currently being restored.

A boat trip along Perfume River to visit Royal Citadel, Royal tombs and Pagodas or cycle around to the country of Hue with its stunning countryside scenery is an unforgettable experience.
In Addition to the various touristic attractions in Hue itself, the city also offers day-trips to the Demilitarized Zone lying approximately 70km north, showing various war settings like The Rockpile, Khe Sanh Combat Base or the Vinh Moc Tunnels.