An Introduction of the Ancient Water City of China 中华水上古城，史称聊城古城、东昌古城，于宋代淳化三年（992年）迁于今址。古城面积1平方公里，以光岳楼为中心，布局方正，为6.3平方公里的东昌湖所环抱，状如棋盘漂浮在万顷碧波之上，形成“城中有水、水中有城、城水一体、交相辉映”的城市格局，风貌独具特色。 The Ancient Water City of China, also called Ancient City of Dongchang, is located at the center of the Dongchang Lake of Liaocheng City. First built in the third year of Emperor Chunhua of the Song Dynasty (992 A.D.), the Ancient City is square and covers an area of 1 km2. The Ancient City, embraced by the 6.3 km2 Dongchang Lake, is like a giant chessboard floating on the green water，which forms the unique landscape of “water in city and city on water with water and city integrated and adding radiance and charm to each other ”.
2009年聊城市委、市政府启动古城保护与改造工程，依照古城历史格局，保留传统街巷肌理，保持原有空间风貌，以明清北方传统建筑风格为主，恢复了城门角楼、15处历史文化景点和园林景观。 In 2009, the CPC Committee of Liaocheng Municipality and the Municipal Government of Liaocheng started the protecting and reconstruction project of the Ancient City. Based on the historical layout of the Ancient City, the original style and features of the City and the structure of the old lanes were well preserved to keep the features of traditional architectures of Northern China. Focusing on the architecture styles of the Ming Dynasty and the Qing Dynasty, four turrets, 15 historical scenery spots and gardens were restored. 中华水上古城，以“文”为魂，以“水”为韵，历史文化与现代文明交融共生、人文景观与自然风光相依并存，体现着“天人合一”的和谐理念，是追寻传统精神家园的理想之地。 With culture as the spirit and water as the rhyme, the Ancient Water City of China is a combination of historical culture and modern civilization where they add radiance and charm to each other, and human landscape and natural beauty coexist in harmony, which embodies the philosophy of the unity of human and nature, and thus makes it an ideal place for spiritual relaxation.