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Being situated right in the centre of the country, Hué was the capital of Vietnam during the Nguyen Dynasty, from 1802 to 1945.

The Imperial City



Morning classes - Sinh liked to lecture in his crash helmet, in case of controversy.  If you were asked a question during a moment of inattention, the answer '1858' was usually a good bet (the year the French took over).



Much of the city was destroyed during the 1968 Tet offensive, but it is now being slowly restored



Cyclo-rickshaws awaiting the unwary tourist

Thien Mu Pagoda



This is an enlargement of the 'group' photo above, and faces are only just recognisable.  By my reckoning:
Back Row: David, Ian, Sarah, PJ, John, Liz, Garvin, Neil
Centre Row:  Sue, Stephan, Jo, Thelma, Ali, John
Front Row: Julie, Leigh, Philippa, Jon

Does anyone have a better group photo?




Cycling on to Emperor Tu Doc's tomb, we passed these bundles of joss-sticks.


Emperor Tu Doc's Tomb

Emperor Tu Doc was in power as the French took over.  He built his own tomb complex, and spent more and more time there.  With no sons (despite having 104 wives), he wrote his own, rather depressing, memorial


Stalls outside the tomb

The Xung Khiem pavillion





This is the 'official' tomb.  However, as was the custom, he was actually buried in a secret location, and those who did the job immediately put to death. 



Nature is rapidly reclaiming the whole area



Boat Trip Back to Hué

We took the bikes on a boat to get back to the hotel - a much more civilized means of transport.





This barge was so low in the water that it looked as though even a small wave could overwhelm it





Off to Hanoi

We now said good-bye to our guides - Mr Lam (lorry driver), Mr Xiu (cycling mechanic) and Mr Chin (coach driver), as well as our bikes.



We took an overnight train to Hanoi for the last leg of our journey.





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