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Visit Imperial city Huế and Hải Vân, Lăng Cô, Bạch Mã

Hue City is one of places which have many cultural heritages. Up to now, there is no place

like Hue remaining a lot of originally historical vestiges as in this ancient Capital City.

Hue, Imperial City

Still remaining its form of City under Middle Age and the constructions of monarchic, a

invaluable museum of Vietnam, this is Imperial City - the last remaining section of 19th-
century Hue, and it is now a modern experiment in recreating traditional Vietnam. Hue City

is one of places which have many cultural heritages. Up to now, there is no place like Hue

remaining a lot of originally historical vestiges as in this ancient Capital City.

On the northern bank of Perfume River has relics consisting of palaces, which were

constructed as arc defensive ramparts with 11km length. This valuable construction includes

more than 100 architectural works which were extremely reflected the life of Emperors and

mandarins under reign of Nguyen.

Just inside the gate is a lotus pond with a bridge once reserved for the emperor's private use.

Across the bridge is the Thai Hoa Palace used for official receptions and other important court

ceremonies. The columns supporting the roof are lacquered and inlaid with gold.

Behind the Thai Hoa Palace are a pair of smaller halls used by mandarins to prepare for court

ceremonies. The halls form a courtyard, the fourth side of which was once a wall dividing the

more public area of the citadel from the emperor's private residence, the "Forbidden Purple

City." The name conjures up images of grand palaces like Beijing. Unfortunately, it takes

quite a bit of imagination to picture the buildings that once occupied what is now a grassy

expanse.

Although you must enter the citadel through the main gate, you can exit it at several other

points. Between the Thai Hoa palace and the halls of the mandarins, a path leads to the Hien

Nhon gate. Leaving by this gate is the shortest route to get from the forbidden city to the

museum at Long An palace. Along the path are a couple of buildings worth a look.

A visit to Hue might be considered incomplete without a boat trip on the outstandingly lovely

Perfume River. Boats are readily available for hire, either for an exploratory trip in the

vicinity of Hue, or for a longer journey upstream to the tombs of Minh Mang, Tu Duc and

Khai Dinh.

Situated in the middle of hills on the southern bank of Perfume River are very beautiful

tombs of Kings Nguyen. Among these tombs are the four famous ones with the name and the

arrangements of the tomb reflected each Emperor’s points of view, personality and tastes.

This is majestic Gia Long Tomb, imposing Minh Mang Tomb, poetic Tu Duc Tomb and

magnificent Khai Dinh Tomb.

Hue is also an important center of Buddhism. In Hue and its surrounding still exist tens of

pagodas constructed more 300 years ago, and a hundred of temples and pagodas built in the

early century. Besides, Hue is a place where the royal music is originated, and a place with

traditional famous dishes and sophisticated handicraft.

As a unique city of Vietnamstill remains its form of City under Middle Age and the

constructions of monarchic, Huehas become a big and invaluable museum. Therefore,

vestiges in Hueancient capital have been classified by the government as a very precious

property and on December 1993 Hue has been recognized as a World Cultural Heritage Site

by UNESCO.

Hai Van Pass - the most colossal frontier post

On the north – south nation highway, Hai Van Pass is an impressive landscape. It is like a

giant dragon, lying on Highway 1 on the border between Hue and Danang. This is the highest

pass in Vietnam (500m above sea level). This rugged pass is the final section of the Truong

Son Range stretching to the sea. Hai Van means "Sea Clouds", since the peak of the mountain

is in the clouds while its foot is close to the sea.

When braving the steep winding roads of a paved mountain pass, you will have a chance to

discover peace, quiet and history along the way.

With sudden curves and blind corners, Hai Van Pass is likened to an arrogant but beautiful

girl challenging drivers' skills. Hai Van is considered to be the largest frontier post in

Vietnam. The name “De Nhat Hung Quan”, meaning the most colossal frontier post, is

engraved on an incense burner in Thai Temple.

Lining the peak of the mountain is the immense abyss dotted with the light and dark green

colours of the trees. The scene is capped off with fanciful clouds flying across the sky. The

area is a perfect place to have a cup of coffee and contemplate the scene, looking over Hai

Van as if from the heavens as the trees blow with the wind.

Lang Co – the sea legendary

Lang Co is a famous beach, best known for its ever most beautiful natural landscapes and pure

sea wildness. It’s only 30km from Da Nang, and 70km from Hue.

Lang Co is attached to a number of beautiful names by admiring tourists, some of which are

“Beautiful lady of fishing village”, “Greater beauty than picture”, and so forth. You will soon

discover the names’ derivation once you have come here.

Seen from above, Lang Co beach looks like a picture of beautiful cristine nature. Lang Co

beach is stretching along 1A Highway, easily found and favorable for tourists’ dropping off.

For those fond of sea entertainment, this is actually a good choice thanks to the sloping sea,

fine and clean sand, great moderate waves. Suggested activities are swimming, diving, sailing

or more simply, relaxation by lying down on beaches.

“Coming up mountain to see White Horse Hero, going down to sea to meet Lang Co – lady

of beauty” is a popular saying of seasiders since Lang Co beauty is compared to a young

graceful lady.

Bach Ma - Centre of flora diversity in Vietnam

Opening your tourist map, you can easily find the position of Vietnam’s center of flora

diversity - Bach Ma National Park. Bach Ma National Park is relatively easily accessible from

Hue (40 km), Da Nang (65 km) and Hoi An (90 km).

The park covers an area of about 22,000ha. Bach Ma mountain peak is the highest point in

the park, with 1450-m altitude and only 18 km away from the coast. The climate in Bach Ma

National Park is tropical with two distinct seasons, dry season and rainy season, caused by

monsoon.

Hence, tourists might be surprised at the changeable weather, which goes from sunshine to

darkness, and clouds to rains. Mainly from September to December, it receives approximately

8,000-mm rainfall each year.

On approaching the park, you will see the evidence of Vietnam War remains in the form

of some hills that still have not been fully recovered from the spraying of defoliants. Bach

ma's position, at the sharing border with Northern and Southern Vietnam, is combined

with a variety of habitats, ranging from the coast to high mountains. The flora of Bach Ma

includes 2,147 species which represents around one-fifth of the entire flora of Vietnam.

Among these, 86 species are listed as endangered species in the Red book of Vietnam. The

main vegetation types comprise moisture green forest, montane forest, and scrubby-grass

covering area much occupied by the locals

Fauna. Bach Ma National Park takes pride in its endemic and rare species. Up to now, 1,493

species including 132 species of mammals (half of which are well known in Vietnam), 358

bird species, 31 reptile species, 21 frog species, 57 fish species and 894 insect species are

identified.

The elusive Sao la (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis) was only discovered in Vietnam in 1992. Do not

be surprised if you see a pheasant!, this species used to be common in forests at the mountain

foot, yet was already considered to be extinct by the 1940s. More than 50 years later, it was

rediscovered in the park and has become the symbol of Bach Ma National Park.

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