Hue – The Imperial City
Hue is the capital city of Thua Thien – Hue Province. Between 1802 and 1945, Hue was the imperial capital of the Nguyen Dynasty. The seat of the Nguyen emperors was the Citadel, which occupies a large, walled area on the north side of the Perfume River. Inside the citadel was a forbidden city where only the emperors, concubines, and those close enough to them were granted access; the punishment for trespassing was death. Today, a small part of the Forbidden City still remains. Along the Perfume River from Hue lie a number of tombs of several emperors, including Minh Mạng, Khai Dinh, and Tu Duc. Thiên Mụ Pagoda is the largest pagoda in Hue and the official symbol of the city. A number of French-style buildings lie along the south bank of the Perfume River. The Hue Royal Antiquities Museum maintains a collection of various artifacts from the city.
Thua Thien-Hue offers very diversified and beautiful landscapes. Nature and human beings create an harmoniously beauty with Bach Ma (White Horse) National Park and other attractive beaches such as Thuan An, Lang Co and Canh Duong. Lang Co is one of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam.
The province provides a well-balanced blend of royal heritage and folk culture. As a matter of fact, tourists discover dozens of handicraft villages, with annual festivals that are painstakingly organized.
Hue is also an important center of Buddhism. In Hue and its surrounding still exist tens of pagodas constructed over 300 years ago, and hundreds of temples and pagodas built-in the early 20th century.
Besides, tourists may to enjoy many traditional famous dishes and find out about sophisticated handicraft.
Hue Citadel has been recognized as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO since December 1993, Hue Royal Musical (Nha nhac) has been declared as a World Intangible Cultural Heritage since November 2003.
In addition to the various tourist attractions in Hue, there are places to attract veterans and visitors who wish to see the former battle fields in Quang Tri province, such as the De-Militarized Zone (DMZ) lying approximately 70km north, showing various war settings like The Rockpile, Khe Sanh Combat Base or the Vinh Moc tunnels.
Hue features a tropical monsoon climate. The dry season is from March to August, with high temperatures of 35 to 40°C (95 to 104 °F). The rainy season is from August to January, with a flood season from October, onwards. The average rainy season temperature is 20 °C (68 °F), sometimes as low as 9 °C (48 °F). Spring lasts from January to late February.
Hue is located in central Vietnam on the banks of the Perfume River, just about 10 miles inland from the East Sea. It is about 650km south of Hanoi and about 1,050km north of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). There are railway and highway from Hanoi to Saigon running across Hue and an international airport in Hue (Phu Bai Airport). All those make it easier for tourists to visit Hue while traveling along the country.