Photo of the Day: Taipei's North Gate Square at dusk

Taipei's bright red Beimen contrasts with cool blue sky at dusk

Taipei's North Gate at dusk.

Taipei's North Gate at dusk. (Taiwan News photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- This photo of Beimen (北門), Taipei's best-preserved city wall gate, was taken at dusk on Monday (April 29), just as the "Manhattanhenge" sun set on Zhongxiao West Road near the Taipei Main Station.

Beimen has long been one of the major landmarks in Taipei. The gate was built in 1884 during the Qing Dynasty and is the only gate among the five major city wall gates in Taipei to maintain its original appearance.

To clear the congested area around Beimen, the bus lane on Zhongxiao West Road (忠孝西路) was removed on the first night Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) took office. The Zhongxiao Bridge ramp above the gate was also torn down within six days in 2016.

The newly renovated area around Beimen was named North Gate Square and was opened to the public in August of 2017.

Beimen in North Gate Square at dusk on April 29. (Taiwan News photo)