My 5: The Royal Gardens – The Imperial City – Hue, Vietnam.

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1. The Royal Gardens (Imperial City, Hue), April 2018. Hue’s majestic Imperial City is a fascinating window into the rich history of Vietnam’s Nguyen Emperors. Even with only a fraction of its original glory intact, you’ll still be treated to sweeping courtyards, traditional temples, crumbling stone gates, painted halls and towering pagodas. And then you’ve got The Royal Gardens, a small but exquisitely manicured corner where visitors flock to carpet bomb their friends with cheesy, Asian trademark selfies. Expect peace sign fingers, plenty of duck face and hand-cupped flower symbols nestling under the chin.

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My 5: Bonsai Exhibition Garden – The Imperial City – Hue, Vietnam.

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1. Bonsai Exhibition Garden (The Imperial City, Hue), April 2018. I’d more or less finished exploring the main grounds of Hue’s Imperial City when I stumbled upon this gorgeous Bonsai garden, accessed via the inner courtyard road. 

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