The Perfume River gently flows from the nearby Ngu Binh mountain, across the heart of Hue city and past its imperial palace. With its total territory smaller than Hong Kong’s, Hue seems to possess less allure than other cities in Vietnam at first glimpse. However, nowhere else in the country, alongside Hue, is much better to illustrate the royal livings during the dynastic rule ended decades ago. While the contemporary capital of Vietnam is Hanoi, and myriads of us are familiarised with Ho Chi Minh City, the emperors of Nguyen dynasty, who were the last imperial rulers, regarded Hue as their home from 1802 to 1945.
Book information: New York : HarperOne, 2010. 492 pages. 25cm.
“You have been walking the ocean’s edge,
holding up your robes to keep them dry.
You must dive naked under and deeper under,
a thousand times deeper. Love flows down.”
My heart skipped a beat…
Who says one should throw a fancy party till midnight, or indulge yourself in extravagance during this Christmas holiday? Just an hour away from the city centre, there is a tranquil wonderland where sheer variety of reddish-yellow leaves bloom, where splendor of the golden foliage thrives especially around the Winter Solstice, and where you could bath with bliss and have countless strolls with your beloved ones, just by watching beautiful leaves in our city’s backyard.