Hue (Vietnamese:Huế) is located in central Vietnam and is the former imperial capital. Hue’s prime attraction is the old Imperial Citadel, seat of the Emperors of Vietnam from 1804 to 1945, when the Emperor Bao Dai abdicated in favour of Ho Chi Minh’s revolutionary government. The citadel was badly knocked about during fighting between the French and the Viet Minh in 1947, and again in 1968 during the Tet Offensive, when it was shelled by the Viet Cong and then bombed by the Americans. Some of it is now empty fields, but most of it has been restored. It is a great sprawling complex of temples, pavilions, moats, walls, gates, shops, museums and galleries, featuring art and costumes from various periods of Vietnamese history. It is also delightfully peaceful – a rare commodity in Vietnam. Allow several hours to see it properly.
Weather in Hué
Hoi An is a beautiful city in Vietnam, just south of Da Nang. It’s an ancient trading port, and its old town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site The centre of Hoi An is very small and pedestrianized, so you will be walking around most of the time.
To go to the beach, or reach some of the more remote hotels, it is easy and cheap to hire a bicycle.
Weather in Hoian
In military terms, a demilitarized zone (DMZ) is an area, usually the frontier or boundary between two or more groups, where military activity is not permitted, usually by treaty or other agreement. Often the demilitarized zone lies upon a line of control and forms a de-facto international border.
Demilitarized zones have also unintentionally become wildlife preserves as they cause the land which they sit on to be too dangerous for construction. See also Korean Demilitarized Zone.
Generally, “demilitarized” means converted to non-military use or purpose, returned to a civilian field. In such meaning the term is often used in former Soviet countries both in Western and local (transliterated) languages.
Happened at Ap Bia mountain in Ashau valley of A luoi district 101 Airborne descended upon at the base 09 marine regiment 03 infantry regiment of ARVN. In May 5, 1969 terrible battle happened here.
Vinh Moc Tunnels, DMZ, Vietnam
One of the most intriguing sites of the DMZ is the Vinh Moc Tunnels, located on the northern side of the DMZ along the coast of the South China Sea. The village of Vinh Moc found itself tragically positioned in one of the most heavily bombed areas of North Vietnam. In order to escape this bombardment, the villagers constructed approximately 2.8 km of underground tunnels which they used as a refuge to survive the bombings. The tunnels were built in three levels (12, 15 and 23 meters deep) and took thirteen months to complete. Three hundred people lived intermittently in the tunnels during 1966 to 1971. Sixty-two families made the tunnels their home and amazingly seventeen babies were born here and spent the first years of their lives underground.
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