Yangliuqing Ancient Town is situated at the center of Yangliuqing town in Xiqing district of Tianjin. The ancient town, with its long history and colorful culture, is the birthplace of many great people.
As a time-honored ancient cultural town, Yangliuqing boasts several cultures: the canal culture represented by the Yangliuqing section of the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal; the New Year Paintings culture represented by the auspicious patterns of lotus and fish; the compound culture represented by the Shijia compound, the Anjia compound and the Ruyi Block; and the culture of business in military camps. Yangliuqing also has many historical sites, such as the Wenchang Pavilion and Puliang Pagoda.
Yangliuqing is one of the most beautiful and richest towns along the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal. In 2014, the Grand Canal was included in the World Cultural Heritage List as the 46th World Heritage project of China.
The busy water transport of grain, population migration as well as cultural exchanges greatly promoted the economic and cultural development in Yangliuqing. It has become a gathering place for the folk arts of Northern China, which is the birthplace of the Yangliuqing New Year Painting, the Yangliuqing kite, and papercutting.
Nowadays, the Yangliuqing Ancient Town is revitalizing by exploring ancient town culture and displaying its charm. The ancient town launched the construction of a national 5A tourist attraction in 2014, with the support of Xiqing district government. It created a good condition for the development of tourism by showing its unique style to the world.