The South Gate or ldquo;Lizheng Gate rdquo; was completed in 1884 (the 10th year of Emperor Guangxu #39;s reign) and boasts the most stately fa ccedil;ade that befits the majestic main gate of Taipei City. Built with elaborately crafted stones from the suburban Dazhi area the South Gate features a hornless dragon (chilong) motif that sets it apart from similar structures in the neighborhood. Having survived the Japanese colonialist offensives that ruined much of the city rsquo;s protective structures though the South Gate nevertheless was starting to show signs of age. A Nationalist Government rsquo;s attempt to restore its fa ccedil;ade in the Northern Chinese palatial style totally changed its looks but fortunately preserved both the masonry foundation and round opening in the wall. Located beside the Class-1 historic site of Taiwan Tobacco and Wine Monopoly Bureau at the intersection of Gongyuan Rd. Nanchang St and Aiguo W. Rd. and due to its proximity to the President rsquo;s Residence the area is heavily guarded with ldquo;plainclothes rdquo; military policemen who can easily intimidate passersby which is a shame. Next time when you walk by don rsquo;t forget to slow down and appreciate this beautiful gate that once defended Taipei City from harm.