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Hue, once the seat of power during the Nguyen Dynasty, is the cultural capital of Vietnam. There are three aspects which Hue is famous for.
The first is its history & poetry. This mysterious and somber city has a diversified and beautiful landscape dotted with numerous 19th century ruins, royal mausoleums, temples and pagodas making sightseeing in Hue one of the most popular among Vietnamese destinations. Many famous Vietnamese poets, including some from the ruling class, came from Hue and can be found not only in the Imperial City but also in the native traditional songs.
The second is its amiable inhabitants, notably known for their laid-back lifestyles after hardworking days. Friendliness, helpfulness and a genuine interest in conversing with foreigners are all characteristic attributes of the local people. Hue ladies are brought up to look after themselves and the family. If you ask any Vietnamese around the country they will tell you that the prettiest girls in Vietnam are from Hue. If you're lucky, you can spot an iconic image of a young high school girl in the traditional white “Ao Dai” with a conical hat cycling along the fabled Perfume River.
The third is the fact that Hue is well-known for having the best cuisine due to its Imperial legacy when all the best chefs nationwide were summoned to create a large variety of dishes as the Emperors would eat dozens of different dishes at a single meal. Any Vietnamese person will agree Hue has the tastiest produce from fruit and vegetables to its seafood and this might be attributed to the city’s special climate & geography. Due to its coastal and mountainous topography, Hue and its surroundings have a microclimate which supports its paddy fields, lagoons, rivers and forests.