Langshan, or ‘Wolf Mountain’ as it’s known, is an infamous attraction in Langshang Town, near the Central Business District of Nantong, and the tallest of the five small hills in the surrounding area. Despite its given name, Langshan is more of a hill as it stands around 110 meters tall. If you were to ask any of the locals about the origin of its name, you would hear varying stories about how there are wolves living on the hill; that the spirit of a white wolf still haunts the hill, or that it was simply called so because of the mere formation of the hill.
The climb up to the peak is not a strenuous one as the change in incline is gradual. However, even on a mild day it’s easy to work up a sweat in the humidity. Be warned, if you plan to visit Langshan during a public holiday, you should expect to bear the brunt of the ancient Chinese proverb: ‘people mountain, people sea’. Although, admittedly, the crowds are nowhere near as vast as in larger cities within China. In addition, there are usually numerous street vendors lining the pathways selling various knick-knacks and handicrafts.
At the peak of the hill sits Guanjiao Temple – a Buddhist shrine that was established in the Tang Dynasty – as well as other relics pertaining to Buddhist and traditional Chinese culture. Even if admiring the architecture; gazing upon relics, or witnessing Buddhist rituals aren’t for you, the view of Nantong from the top of the hill are certainly worth the venture.
Admission Fee: 70 RMB
Opening Hours: 06:00 – 17:00