Dongchang Lake Scenic Area
Introduction of the tourist spot
The Dongchang Lake Scenic Area is centered at the Liaocheng Old City built in the Song Dynasty. It is based on the Dongchang Lake which surrounds the old city. The lake is famous for the vast water surface and beautiful scenery, which is a concentrated reflection of Liaocheng’s characters of “Water, ancientry, and culture” and the particular scenery of “Lake is in the City and City is in the Lake. Lake and City merge into a whole”. Dongchang Lake Scenic Area is the most well-known tourist spot in Western Shandong, as well as the boundary area of Hebei, Shandong and Henan Provinces. The Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, which has won fame both at home and abroad, runs through the scenic area. Dongchang Lake consists of 10 lake areas and other 20 pieces of water areas. It covers an area of 5 square kilometers and the coastline of the lake is as long as 16 kilometers. The construction of the lake was started on the third year of Xining Era in the Song Dynasty (1070 AD) and it has never been dried since thousands of years. The vast water surface embraces the old city with thousands of year’s history. New city is built around the lake. Some parts of the lake stretch into the city with the help of narrow streams, looking like small bells connected by silver thread. Mists and waves stretch far into the distance. The lake and the city form a contrast and the scenery is very pleasant. It shows in different views in different seasons and different lights. It looks like a picture at any angle that you take view.