While Adrian lay dying in the hotel room, i finished a bottle of my bordeaux wine on the hotel terrace and went for a wonder around the city. I took a scooter taxi to the center, which cost me 40,000 dong. I jumped off the bike in front of a nice bridge illuminated by a dozen colorful lights. Under the bridge along the river there was a huge night market and around all that were floating gondolas in the form of dragons. It was getting late and I was quite exhausted of all the extremes after riding in the hot tropical sun, in heavy monsoon rains and in the mental traffic crowded with hundreds of other bikes. I stopped by our favorite asian fastfood place Loteria and i bought me amazing rice burgers.
Next day on the way to the Purple Forbidden city i got me a kite with a Phoenix on it in the street. I had no idea where i was so i took a scooter taxi again. (Hue is famous for making kites and on 26th of March every second year there is a popular kite festival.)
The Forbidden Purple city is an impressive imperial complex built by Gia Long in 1804. The complex is accessible by a monumental gate Ngo Mon, in the central part we find a spectacular Thai Hoa palace (palace of supreme harmony) with a throne in front. There are other pavilions on each sides, roofs are decorated gorgeous dragons like acroteria. Most of pavilions are still under the reconstruction.