Taipei’s fifth gate, dating back to when the capital was a walled city under the Qing dynasty, 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.
Sits in the middle of a cross-section and can only be admired from outside. The one you can see today has been rebuilt because the original was destroyed by the Japanese.
Resource: Department of Information and Tourism,Taipei City Government
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