Jingzhou’s government has recently startedrepair work toJingzhou Pagoda, in a bid to restore the key cultural relic.
The origins of the 13-story tower in Hengshui, Hebei province are unclear since there is no complete record of its existence, but, according to local annals, the pagoda once had an iron plaque that recorded it as being rebuilt during the Qi (479-502) and Sui (581-618) dynasties, so it must come from an earlier period, perhaps the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534).
The 63.9-meter-tall octahedral pavilion-style structure was originally called the Sakyamuni Buddhist Relic Pagoda and has a ground floor with a perimeter of 50.5 meters. It is made frombricks 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.
Construction workers conduct repair work toJingzhou Pagoda on May 15. [Photo/Xinhua]
Construction workers carry out repairs to the front of Jingzhou Pagoda on May 15. [Photo/Xinhua]