Forbidden City and Royal Tombs

Trip Start Aug 01, 2010
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Trip End Apr 30, 2011


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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Other than the grumpy customs official wanting to close the border early the transit from Laos to Vietname was painless. We said goodbye to the truck for a couple weeks while we are in Vietnam. Mini buses were waiting for us and it was off to Hue.

Hue was the capital of Vietnam and the home of the Nygugen emperors . They built their Forbidden City in the first half of the 19thC it must have been beautiful unfortunately it was destroyed by the 1945 and1968 wars.



It is a World heritage site and is being restored (rebuilt). The pictures speak for themselves. The Citadel was a collection of residences within a wall. It was here the the Emperor and his family lived with the civil servants who ran the Empire. The last Emperor abdicated in 1925 to the French.

The second thing Hue is famous for is silk and there are many opportunities to buy very reasonably price shirts and blouses. I had some trousers made to measure in a day.

On our second day a number of us took a city tour which involved visiting some of the royal tombs, a lunch a dragon boat ride and a pagoda.
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