|Country||People's Republic of China|
|Municipal seat||Dongchangfu District
|• CPC Secretary||Song Yuanfang (宋远方)|
|• Mayor||Lin Fenghai (林峰海)|
|• Prefecture-level city||8,715 km2 (3,365 sq mi)|
|• Urban||1,254 km2 (484 sq mi)|
|• Metro||1,254 km2 (484 sq mi)|
|Population (2010 census)|
|• Prefecture-level city||5,789,863|
|• Density||660/km2 (1,700/sq mi)|
|• Urban density||980/km2 (2,500/sq mi)|
|• Metro density||980/km2 (2,500/sq mi)|
|Time zone||China Standard (UTC+8)|
|License Plate Prefix||鲁P|
Liaocheng (Chinese: 聊城; pinyin: Liáochéng), also known as the Water City, is a prefecture-level city in western Shandong province, China. It borders the provincial capital of Jinan to the southeast, Dezhou to the northeast, Tai'an to the south, and the provinces of Hebei and Henan to the west. The Grand Canal flows through the city center. Its population was 5,789,863 at the 2010 census whom 1,229,768 lived in the built-up area made up of Donchangfu district, even though large parts remain rural.
During the Song dynasty, the area of present-day Liaocheng included the prefectures of Bo and Ji. In 2007, the city is named China's top ten livable cities by Chinese Cities Brand Value Report, which was released at 2007 Beijing Summit of China Cities Forum.
- Dongchangfu District (东昌府区)
- Linqing City (临清市)
- Yanggu County (阳谷县)
- Dong'e County (东阿县)
- Chiping County (茌平县)
- Gaotang County (高唐县)
- Guan County (冠县)
- Shen County (莘县)
These are further divided into 134 township-level divisions.
- Liaocheng University (聊城大学)
Qing and Republic
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In August 1949 Liaocheng was detached from Shandong and attached to Pingyuan. In November 1952 Pingyuan was dissolved and Liaocheng returned to Shandong.
- Shanxi-Shaanxi Assembly Hall (short Shanshan Hall, Chinese: 山陕会馆; pinyin: shān shǎn huì guǎn)
- Guangyue Tower (Chinese: 光岳楼; pinyin: guāng yuè lóu)
- Yueyang Building
- Huanghe Building
- Iron Tower
- Lion Building (site where - according to the legend - Wu Song fought and killed Ximen Qing)
- Linqing Mosque
Liaocheng is a sister city of the following cities.
- Uiryeong County, South Korea (since June 7, 2001)
- Blacktown, Australia (October 14, 2003)
- Gwangmyeong, South Korea (May 3, 2005)
- Naberezhnye Chelny, Russia (since 2009)
Furthermore, there is a partnership with the district Offenbach in Germany.
- "China’s Top 10 Most Livable Cities". hnloudi.gov.cn. Hunan Loudi Official Government. 2012-03-28. Retrieved 2014-08-04.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Liaocheng.|
- Government website of Liaocheng (available in Chinese, English, Japanese and Korean)