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Set between Dong Ha and Dong Hoi to the north and Da Nang and Hoi An to the south, Vietnam’s old imperial capital of Hue features on the itinerary of just about every first time visitor to Vietnam, and justifiably so.

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Straddling the truly beautiful Song Huong (Perfume River) the city first rose to prominence in the 18th through 19th centuries when it was the seat of power for the Nguyen lords. It remained the national capital until 1945, when then-emperor Bao Dai abdicated as the nation was sliced into two. This imperial legacy manifests itself today through the fortified city (better known as the Citadel) and a collection of tombs—from the grungy to the grandiose—dotting the landscape around the modern city.

Climb a tower, take a photo. Hue is a beautiful city. : Stuart McDonald.
Climb a tower, take a photo. Hue is a beautiful city. Photo: Stuart McDonald

During the American War, Hue’s location roughly half way between Hanoi in the north and Saigon in the south, 15 kilometres west of the South China Sea and just south of the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), meant it saw heavy fighting. The tombs themselves saw little damage, but the Citadel and central city were badly damaged during the Tet ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 1,400 words.)

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