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Xiaonanmen 小南門

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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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Nearby MRT

G Songshan-Xindian Line Xiaonanmen

G Songshan-Xindian Line Ximen

BL Bannan Line Longshan Temple

R Tamsui-Xinyi Line NTU Hospital

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  • 619jeffry

    Essendon, Australia

    Taipei landmark rose from the ruins


    Xiaonanmen was one of the last Taipei city gates constructed during the late Ching period. The gate you see today is a reconstruction, built after World War II. The Japanese had demolished the old gate at the end of the colonial period (1895-1945). The new gate was rebuilt in Northern Chinese style. The gate is now near the Xiaonanmen MRT Station
  • 619jeffry

    Essendon, Australia

    Revived city gate survives destruction


    Xiaonanmen means "small south gate" The Taipei city wall was built during the late Ching era. The gate was destroyed at the end the Japanese colonial era (1895-1945) , but following the end of World War II the gate was restored in northern Chinese palace style. The gate is now a Taipei landmark.
  • 619jeffry

    Essendon, Australia

    Small South Gate still stands


    The Small South Gate, also known as the Xiao Nan Men, has managed to survive the years, including the Japanese colonial era (1895-1945). It is largely intact and it's worth a visit if you are in the area.
  • michaelt238874Y

    Singapur, Singapur

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    Con amigos

    A landmark of the past


    I 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.
  • FyingKiwi

    Christchurch, Nueva Zelanda

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    En solitario



    This 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.

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