Friday, May 20, 2011

Spots: Truong Tien Bridge

Tourists crossing Truong Tien Bridge, Hue Vietnam
If you have your heart set on coming to Vietnam on vacation then more likely than not you will be passing through the lovely city of Hue.  After all Hue has a lot to offer tourists in the form of sights, food, a more relaxed atmosphere (compared to HCMC), cooler temperatures and of course culture.  For this article I decided to write about the magnificent Truong Tien Bridge built over the Huong River (also known as the Perfume River).  Learn more after the jump.

Truong Tien Bridge, Hue Vietnam
Truong Tien Bridge crosses the Huong River in the former imperial capital of the Nguyen Dynasty, Hue.  Hue is a central Vietnamese city located about 1,000km north of HCMC and about 700km south of Hanoi, right in the center of Vietnam.  The bridge was designed by famous French architect Gustave Eiffel (the same one who designed the Eiffel Tower).

Aerial view of Truong Tien Bridge by Luu Ly
People come from all over the world to see the bridge (among other tourist destinations I'll cover in later articles) in Hue.  Tourists enjoy crossing the bridge and enjoy the sights either by foot or by cyclo.  Depending on the time of day you cross you can expect heavy traffic or a peaceful (as peaceful as you can get on a Vietnamese street) stroll over the bridge.  Once you cross the bridge you are greeted by the towering walls surrounding the citadel/imperial city.

So if your destination is Hue take some time to cross the bridge, especially at night when the whole bridge is colorfully lit up and people gather at the nearby restaurants and cafes or simply stroll near the riverbank.

Check it out if you have the time.

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