Visiting Hue is getting an insight into the life and death of the Nguyen Dynasty. This very popular Vietnamese surname is synonymous with the rise and fall of the Vietnamese Empire, before the communist rule took over the country in the middle of the 20th century. For 150 years approximately, the Nguyen ruled over Southern Vietnam and made Hue their Imperial Capital. There are lots of things to see in Hue, but the most relevant sight is the Imperial City, in the center of town, by the Perfume River. This is where the Emperor and his family and concubines lived. It was fashioned like the Forbidden City in Beijing and structured as a series of protective walls separating the Palace from the outside city.