Huong River in Hue (Perfume River Hue)



About Huong River (Perfume River Hue) :

This wonderful waterway flows through Hue and provides a delightful vista from any angle. The Song Huong River is known as the Perfume River. A wide and impressive waterway, it gets its name from the thousands of orchard flowers upstream from the ancient capital. In the Autumn as the trees shed their blossom, it falls into the river and floats downstream. The scent created gives the river a perfumed aroma and hence the name was created.

This waterway has two sources way up in the Day Truong Son Mountains. The Ta Trach (left tributary) starts higher and flows over 55 impressive waterfalls before joining the Huu trach (right tributary). This tributary is shorter and has itself passed over more and rapids, before the two join together to form the Perfume River. This is a delightful River throughout its length. Bright blue clear waters flow through lush green countryside, passing delightful villages as it winds its way north east, onto Hué, before exiting into the South China Sea.

As it passes by Hue the river landscape is astonishing. The bright blue shimmering waters fringed by the Towers, Pagodas, temples, palaces and the town Itself, make for a really beautiful sight. In the evening local folk songs can be heard drifting in the still warm air. The sights sounds and smells of this amazing river make for a heady mix. Steeped in romance and history it is an astonishing place to be.

Old river craft line the banks as the river slips by, lives that have remained unchanged for generations coexist here with those of modern tourists drawn by the incredible scenery. Boat trips take passengers for rides along the 20 mile stretch near Hué. From these trips visits to the Thien Mu Pagoda nad the Imperial Tomb of Emperor Minh Mang can be made. At the Thien My Pagoda, which was a hotbed of anti government unrest in the 1960s, an old Austin motor car can be viewed. This is the very vehicle that transported the monk Thich Quang Duc to his death by self immolation in Saigon. The Imperial Tomb is regarded as probably the most beautiful of all of Hué’s pagodas.

The Perfume River has been an important contributor to the development of the city of Hué over the years. An important transport route, it continues to serve the city as a tourist attraction in its own right. It is a wonderful river with a romantic name. Make it a part of your travels plans and you certainly will not be disappointed.


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