Wolf Hill
2011-12-19 17:08:00


At the estuary of the Changjiang River, five hills are paralleling along the river. The highest in the middle, is the most famous, Wolf Hill.  Even it is not very high, but well known.

First of all, the city and the hills are interdependent. The relations between the city and the hills are listed as follows: one is father and son, such as Mount Tai and Tai’an City; another is brothers, such as Nanjing and Mount Zhong, just like dragon and tiger. However, Nantong City and Wolf Hill are uniquely related. Hills are important for use by the city. In the urban geomancy of Nantong, Wolf Hill is the City Nantong’s desk, town god’s desk, and can be called desk hill. When some mentions geomancy, we may say: that could be superstition ? As a matter of fact, Professor Pan Guxi of South-east University says in his preface to the book “Tracing to the Source of Geomancy”: The essence of the geomancy is a knowledge for the people’s selection and treatment of residential environment, which may teach people how to take advantage of the nature and protect the nature, therefore to coordinate the city, village and the residence with the nature, this is not mysterious. 




In the construction layout of Nantong, the Zhiyun Tower is in line with the Bell Tower in the city center on the axis line. Wolf Hill is thus combined with the Nantong’ structure and harmonized with Nantong. 

Secondly, the scenery is picturesque. Some one used to compare the five hills to five bonsais at the bank of the river. This saying might be fine, but we believe people describe Wolf Hill in excessive prettiness but less magnificence. Mr. Yu Qiuyu said in his book “The Agonized Journey of Culture”: “I went t Wolf Hill, because I sought after its name. In the enriched River-sea Flatland, everywhere the scenic spots are named in a courteous manner, but here we have an impetuous name of Wolf Hill, that sounds awkward and ferocious. Is that a joke to challenge the Changjiang and Huaihe rivers’ civilization? Wolf Hill is crouching at the riverbank. The Changjiang River winds up its way to here to have just a little more distance before entering the sea. The Changjiang River is very wide here to see the opposite bank. On its way to the sea, there are many mountains and forests. It seems a simple stop to be put here. Wolf Hill may say good-bye and see the Changjiang River off. It seems to sum up the ferity of the Changjiag River by Wolf Hill to have its own name called in toughness. Dear friends, the “Wolf” may lead you thinking too much, it’s really like: the hill’s name promotes the hill terrain, and the scenery is picturesque.”



Thirdly, the temples and the hills are interspersed. Since Zongzhang Second year of Tang Dynasty, when the Guangjiao Temple was built up, the temples were here and there over the hills, on the tops, on hill sides, remarkably structured with a great feature: hills are hugging the temple while temples are maintaining the hills. It can be said a hill is a temple, while the temple is a hill.

Fourthly, culture is corresponding to the hills. There are 43 ancient buildings and 8 ancient tombs in Wolf Hill. In addition, the celebrities’ inscription are engraved in 23 locations here. Wolf Hill could be deemed as a cultural hill.



Wolf hill is a book, which can be read by eyes or by the hearts. To read Wolf Hill may understand the history and know the inside story and connotative meaning. The beauty of Wolf Hill lies in its shape, as well as in its name, and in its spirit. When you are at Wolf Hill, you may smell faint scent. In the morning sunlight, you enjoy the hill’s view of beauty and read the poems in five hills. Oh, the culture of Nantong is engraved in this book…….

Source:jschina.com.cn Editor:乙姗姗