The tower was destroyed in a war during the Jian Yan's reign from 1127 to 1130 AD. It was rebuilt in 1144 AD. In 1798 is was badly damaged in a fire and slowely started to erode badly in the extreme weather of the area. In 1984 the tower was extensively repaired to its original appearance in the Song Dynasty. The Tainfeng tower is 51 m high and has 13 layers, bright or dark.
As impressed I was with the tower during the day, so impressed I was with it at night when we drove past it the Friday night and I saw it was lit up. I went back the Saturday night to get some pics and the lights were off. What a disappointment. I went to check again the Sunday and still nothing. The Monday night it was pouring with rain and we were in the nearby shopping area when I noticed the lights were on. I told the others that I will be walking back to the hotel and set off with my umbrella and camera to try and get a decent photo of the tower at night. I don't know how many pics I took where every time I lifted the camera skywards I would get raindrops on the lense. I got lucky with one or two shots and this is one of them.