Flames and smoke billowed after a wooden pagoda caught fire at Jiulong (Nine Dragons) Temple in Mianzhu, Sichuan province, on Dec 10.
The structure, along with a prayer hall, were razed to the ground in the blaze.
According to a statement by the local government on Weibo cited by South China Morning Post (SCMP), the fire at the Lingguan Tower started at 12.40pm and was put out at about 4.30pm.
The 16-storey structure was said to be the tallest wooden pagoda in Asia, with Trip Advisor listing the temple as one of the places tourists should visit.
The fire reportedly started from the main hall of the temple, but was pushed towards the pagoda by the wind.
No casualties were reported in the incident. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.