Lanke Mountain was known as Kongshi Mountain more than 2,000 years ago and got its current name because of a legendary story about Chinese I-go. It has a history of more than 1,670 years.
It was influenced by the Taoist school, Buddhist school and Confucian school of Chinese philosophy and honored as “one of the 72 lands of good fortune in Taoist Culture” by Du Guangting, a Taoist scholar in the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and ranked as the eighth sacred mountain for practicing Taoism.
The Baoyan Temple on the mountain was built in 541. In the Tang and Song dynasties (960-1279), the temple had many accomplished monks publicizing Buddhism.
Its legendary connection with the Chinese I-go makes it renowned in Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia.
Lanke Mountain has hosted a group of national Chinese I-go competitions, such as the National Go Championship in May 1993, and the sixth Tianshen Cup China Go Chess Tournament in June 1995. The Lanke Cup China Go Championship in September 2006, which was attended by Ma Xiaochun and other top players, further expanding its presence as a Go Chess Land.