This well-preserved 13-story tower in Hengshui, Hebei province, has an unclear origin since there is no complete record of its existence, but, according to local annals, the pagoda had once an iron plaque that recorded its being rebuilt during the Qi (479-502) and Sui (AD 581-618) dynasties, so it must come from a earlier period, perhaps the Northern Wei Dynasty (AD 386-534).
The 63.9-meter-tall octahedral pavilion-style structure was originally called the Sakyamuni Buddhist Relic Pagoda and has a ground floor of 50.5 meters in perimeter. It is made of brick and wood, with canopies.
The tower has a long reputation in China and is as famous as three other important Hebei structures ? the Iron Lion of Cangzhou, Dashiqiao (Big stone bridge) of Zhaozhou, and a large copper Buddha at the Longxing Temple in Zhengding county. The tower is on the key cultural relic protection list of the State Council.