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Hue

03 June 2015
Similar to Vietnam, Hue is badly damaged from the war which destroyed most of the relics of a golden age, of royalty with sumptuous and luxurious lifestyle. Hue today quietly nestles by the Perfume River, looking back the golden age but still continue to carry on the life even slowly. Both people and Hue carry a deep royal habitude from the refined cuisine to the fine manners in every breath and action.
Quiet and leap back in time, that is the most common sense when it comes to Hue. But it is more than that, Hue – the ancient capital of Vietnam in Nguyen Dynasty – the last royal family who runs the country, also known as the last pieces of the past, holds an inner charm to keep you staying as long as you can afford time for it. Similar to Vietnam, Hue is badly damaged from the war which destroyed most of the relics of a golden age, of royalty with sumptuous and luxurious lifestyle. Hue today quietly nestles by the Perfume River, looking back the golden age but still continue to carry on the life even slowly. Both people and Hue carry a deep royal habitude from the refined cuisine to the fine manners in every breath and action. 
 
Visiting Hue means visiting the past with the proud Citadel where lived the King and relatives (though only a part of it remains), the Tombs built based on Feng Shui rule where the Kings sleep among many pagodas, temples, garden houses and relics from afar. It is not only that makes Hue an attraction and also the Heritage Site, its scenery is a harmony with the perfect combination of the sky and the ground, of the Ngu Mountain and Perfume river winding making a picturesque landscape enough to charm anyone who seeks for the deep tranquility. Nevertheless, Hue boasts for wildly beautiful beaches of Thuan An and Lang Co, a Bach Ma (White Horse) National Park which make it truly a gem for those who love nature.
Hue is also famous for its cuisine and is the place where dining is not only to satisfy human basic needs but remain in the form of art. Its gastronomy ranging from street vendor to the finest royal dining is elegant, noble and full of characters complimenting five tastes representing the ensemble of everything in the universe. 
 
On the way from Hue to Danang, it is a big missing if Hai Van Pass (Ocean Cloud Pass) is overlooked. It is honored as the most scenic hillside pass and the highest, the most impressive pass in Vietnam like a giant dragon stretching its body over the ocean of Pacific; and they said that if passing by this pass, a stop is a must as we will regret not have enough time to truly enjoy. Whatever endowed by nature, time by time and by hands of man will be something of humanitarian values. “Coming to Hai Van is to come to the sanction of two land, to satisfy the peak-conquering philosophy, to mix ourselves in to echo of heroic songs of Vietnamese ancients when they went to find new lands to be emotional to prolong past of the Center region where suffering a lot of losses in the course of finding and protecting the nation.”

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