Xiudaozhe Pagoda, also known as Yueying (Moon Shadow) Pagoda, is at the northern foot of the eastern slope of West Sheshan. Built during the Taipingxingguo Period of the Northern Song Dynasty (976-984), it is a seven-story octagonal brick-wood structure and 20m high.
The pagoda is tall and slim. On each floor, there is a north door and a south door, which are mutually accessible. According to legend, on the mountain there was a nunnery called “Chao Yin” (literally “Tide Sound”) (it got this name as the water of Taihu Lake could be heard late at night).
During the construction of the pagoda, a monk called “Xiu” personally participated in its construction. After the pagoda was completed, he thought his virtuous achievements had come to a successful conclusion and burnt himself. People then named the pagoda “Xiudaozhe Pagoda” (literally “Monk Xiu’s Pagoda”).