Liaocheng is located in the west of Shandong Province and at the junction of Hebei Province, Shandong Province and Henan Province. With a total area of 8,715km2 and a population of 6.32 million, it governs 8 counties(cities and districts), 1 national Economic and Technological Development Area, 1 provincial high-tech industry development zone and 1 tourist resort zone. Liaocheng wins many national awards such as National Famous Historical and Cultural City, National Sanitary City, National Model City for Environmental Protection, National Garden City, Chinese Outstanding Tourism City and National Double Support Model City.
Profound culture and outstanding people
Liaocheng is one of the early birthplaces of China and has a history of more than 5,000 years up to now. Liaocheng is an ancient city gestated by the Yellow River culture and canal culture where there are above 400 cultural relics and historic sites. Many stories in Chinese classical literary classics such as Water Margin, The Plum in the Golden Vase and Strange Tales of a Lonely Studio happen here. Liaocheng has nurtured many well-known people: famous prime minister at the beginning of Tang Dynasty - Ma Zhou, litterateur in Ming Dynasty - Xie Zhen, number one scholar at the beginning of Qing Dynasty - Fu Yijian, anti-Japanese famous general - Zhang Zizhong, famous scholars - Fu Sinian and Ji Xianlin, Chinese painting master - Li Kuchan and leading cadre model - Kong Fansen.
Superior location and convenient transportation
In terms of railway, Beijing-Kowloon Railway from south to north and Handan-Jinan Railway from east to west intersect in Liaocheng with "cross-shaped" structure formed. Zhengzhou-Jinan High-speed Railway, Beijing-Kowloon High-Speed Railway and Liaocheng-Tai'an High-speed Railway are going to be constructed. In terms of expressway, east-west Qingdao-Yinchuan Expressway, Jinan- Liaocheng Expressway, Qingdao-Lanzhou Expressway as well as south-north Dezhou-Shangrao Expressway intersect in Liaocheng with "Feng" word structure in Chinese. Liaocheng Airport project is included into layout plan of Shandong "13th Five-year Plan" and up to now, the preparation of site selection report has been completed. In the near future, Liaocheng will possess 6 expressways, 3 high-speed railways, 3 railways and 1 airport, becoming an important transportation junction in North China.
Superposition of opportunity and enormous potential
Liaocheng is listed into national major regional strategic plans, including Central Plains Economic Zone, Central Henan Urban Agglomeration and Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei coordinated development zone, and wins several titles such as National Modern Agriculture Demonstration Area, National Quality Strong City and Demonstration City, Pilot City of National New Urbanization, Comprehensive Demonstration City of National Energy Conservation and Emission Reduction Fiscal Policy and Pilot City for Clean Energy Heating in Winter in Northern Areas of China.
By the end of 2017, it's predicted that the GDP of Liaocheng will reach RMB 310 billion, increasing by 7.5% in comparison to last year. The local general public budget revenues reaches RMB 18.65 billion with an increase of 2% based on the same caliber (increasing by 12.9% after deduction of noncomparable factors). The total retail sales of consumer goods increases by 9%. The per capita disposable income of urban and rural residents increases by 8% and 8.5%, respectively and the consumer price index is controlled to be 1.5%.