The Pazhou Pagoda initiated work in 1597 and it was completely built in 1600. The pagoda is situated on a knoll at the south bank of Pearl River. Although it was built as a Buddhist landmark, it was also a useful navigation point for merchant ship travelling to Guangzhou.
It is an octagonal tower with 9 main sections and 17 sub sections. The tower stands at about 59 meters (194 ft) and has a diameter at the base of 12.7 meters (42 ft). It covers a total area of 111 square metres.