Huế, pronounced “h-way” and located on the Perfume River, is still lapped by memories of a much older world: one of huge stelae, dragon-bearing coins, moon-shaped lutes and other items that must have made the evocative capital of the Nguyen emperors an extremely romantic place to stroll around. Central to protecting the glories of this imperial Vietnam were the traditional martial arts. Derived from the exercises of soldiers at the local citadel, they combined the wisdom of Eastern medicine, Buddhist piety, Confucianism and other Asian philosophies, in a fascinating and eclectic manner. Here, we look at the martial arts in Vietnam and how they developed throughout history.
2016 may be drawing to a close, but there’s just enough time to squeeze in one last vacation before we welcome the arrival of a new year. From comfort food, Christmas jumpers and roaring fires to beachside escapes and palm trees in place of firs, here are some of our favorite places to get away over the holiday period.