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Hue

The former Imperial City of Hue was home to the Ngyuen Emperors for around 150 years, until the last Emperor abdicated in 1945.
The' Perfume River' flows harmoniously through Hue, which is dominated by the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Imperial Citadel, as well as the Royal Tombs affiliated with the Dynasty. Fabulously for foodies, Hue was famous for its Imperial Cuisine and it remains popular today to come here to dine on 'the food of the Emperors'.The Imperial Citadel was the former seat of Government during the Ngyuen Imperial Dynasty and has become one of Vietnam’s best visited UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Part of the complex was bombed during the American War, but what remains is a testament to the power and grandeur that these Imperial Lords held over the country. The Citadel is an incredible insight into the grandeur of this period, with museums showcasing the amazing costumes, art and antiques from Vietnamese history.
 
The Royal Tombs are best visited in the afternoon when the light is less harsh. Located along the banks of the Perfume River, the Royal Tombs have been built in Vietnamese Buddhist architecture and are very serene; the finest examples are those of Tu Duc and Minh Mang. Most of the other tombs have been neglected, but they have an eerie presence about them. It is good to note that some of them are being restored to their former glory.
Trying the Imperial Cuisine is a must when you are in Hue, our guides can recommend one or two restaurants for you to sample some of the many dishes that the Emperors would have dined on. The finest chefs from all over the land were brought to Hue to cook for the Royal household, so a lot more emphasis was placed on presentation, colour and design than before. Not only must the food taste incredible, but it had to look amazing as well. So whilst in Hue, treat yourself to some Imperial Cuisine and dine like an Emperor.

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