The Taipei City Wall was one of the last city walls to be built during the Qing period. Though only the gates survive, the original fortifications were extremely strong, with walls four meters thick five meters high and extending a total of four kilometers.
Most Chinese walls have four gates, but the Taipei wall had five. Some say that the fifth gate—Xiaonanmen (Little South Gate)—was built especially for the convenience of the family of local tycoon Lin Pen-yuan in Banqiao, though this has never been proved. Whatever the facts, Xiaonanmen is indeed a unique case. The gate was unfortunately destroyed by the Japanese along with the East Gate and South Gate, but after World War II it was rebuilt as a city wall tower in a northern Chinese palace style. Only the foundation endures from the original wall to continue watching over the city Taipei.
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- Aiguo W. Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C
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G Songshan-Xindian Line Xiaonanmen
A landmark of the pastI stayed at a hotel near Xiaonan men or 重熙门 as was the name inscribed on the beam of this old structure so I had a bird's eye view of this monument when I looked out of my hotel room. Some of the previous reviewers had commented on the history of Xiaonan men and interestingly it attracted more reviews from Japanese tourists perhaps because it was re-built by their countrymen. From an elevation it looked like a stately structure but left alone and is now a traffic island. On a typhoon night it was a solid building fighting against the storm and wind. There is a tree lined foot path on the east of Xiaonan men towards Taipei 101, which added a little dignity to its solidarity feel. I don't know much about the history here to add any further comment. If you happened to be in the area then stop by and have a look.
Christchurch, Nueva Zelanda
UnremarkableThis is the only remnant left of Taipei’s city wall, built during the Qing period. This particular gate is also unique in that it was the fifth gate in a wall, at a time when city walls only had four. What is seen however, is in fact a reconstruction of the original gate, which was destroyed (along with two other gates), by the Japanese during the second world war.
Seúl, Corea del Sur
타이베이부성 시절의 소남문과거 청나라가 만든 타이베이부성의 문 중 하나. 소남문이지만 솔직히 남문과 그렇게 크기 차이가 큰지는 모르겠습니다. 야경이 은근히 예뻐요.
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