Dainsleif says this about Liyue in the Teyvat Chapter Storyline Preview:
"The God of Contracts, senselessly slaughtered as his people watched on in horror. In the end, he will sign the contract to end all contracts."
A bountiful harbor that lies in the east of Teyvat. Mountains stand tall and proud alongside the stone forest, that, together with the open plains and lively rivers, make up Liyue's bountiful landscape, which shows its unique beauty through each of the four seasons. Just how many gifts from the Geo God lie in wait amongst the rocks of Liyue's mountains?Genshin Impact Official Website
Long before the establishment of Liyue Harbor, when many gods roamed the lands of Teyvat and before The Seven took their positions, numerous settlements existed in the lands that would become Liyue. During this time, Morax ruled alongside the God of Dust, Guizhong, in the land now known as Guili Plains. This civilization prospered under their joint rule and with the protection of the adepti.
However, when the Archon War broke out, this settlement met its end during a fierce battle that ended with Guizhong's death, while the region now known as Dihua Marsh was turned from a fertile field into a swamp. Morax took their people south of Mt. Tianheng and established Liyue Harbor, where it continues to stand to this day. To protect this new city, Morax forged a contract with the adepti to protect it and waged war against other gods. Between the subjugation of other gods such as Osial, Azhdaha, The Chi of Qingce, and Havria, Morax eventually became the victor in Liyue and took his place among The Seven as the Geo Archon.
Nevertheless, Liyue was under the havoc of many evil beings. Miasma, vengeful gods that were slain during the war, and monsters that manifested from the anger of demons plagued the land. To combat these perils, Morax summoned five Yakshas to vanquish these dangers. It is depicted that each Yaksha represented a certain element of Teyvat. Unfortunately, three fell under the demise of karma and fear after years of ensued bloodshed. Some went against each other, and others succumbed to evil themselves. Only one of the Yakshas survived, while the other disappeared without a trace.
Once a year, Morax officially descends during the Rite of Descension, during which he graces his people with his prophecies and gives guidance on Liyue's economic path for the following year. Everyday affairs are handled by the Liyue Qixing, the Eight Trades, and the Millelith.
A Merchant's Memory of Liyue
The Lantern Rite (Chinese: 海灯节) celebrates fallen heroes from Liyue's history. It is celebrated on the first full moon of the first month each year, and lasts five days.
The Moonchase Festival (Chinese: 逐月节) is a festival celebrated in Liyue. Nothing is currently known about it, but it is planned as a future in-game event.
|Liyue Harbor||The establishment of the harbor kicked off Liyue's seafaring trade. As Teyvat's largest market harbor, the sheer amount of goods that flow to and from it is simply incomparable for other ports.
Every year during the Lantern Rite you can see thousands of lanterns ascend into the night sky — a Liyue event that you can't afford to miss.
|Mt. Tianheng||The pride of the mountain range that shelters Liyue Harbor from the west, acting as a natural shield against any enemies that may come that way.
There are uncountable records of wars both big and small whereby enemies have been blocked by this barrier. As such you can still see ancient ruins of city walls, forts, and defensive structures.
|Dihua Marsh||A wetland area north of Liyue, gets its name from the silvergrass ("dihua" in the local language) that grows in the shallows of the marsh.
The scrambling web of rivers has grown into a flourishing and widespread ecosystem full of flora and fauna — an awe-inspiring sight for travelers to the area.
|Wangshu Inn||A landmark within Dihua Marsh, built upon a massive stone pillar.
As most of the patrons that stop here are traveling merchants, the inn provides an area for them to trade and set up stalls. The view from the top of the inn is jaw-dropping — weather permitting you can see all the way to Mt. Qingce and Jueyunjian in the distance.
|Qingce Village||At the northernmost point of Liyue, hidden between the hills and the bamboo forests sits Qingce Village.
White rolling clouds that sit in the valleys between the mountains are embellished with row upon row of crescent-moon water paddies.
|Jueyun Karst||Dizzying peaks that sit shrouded in mist and clouds in the northwest of Liyue.
The area hides many stunning views, but owing to tracks found on the complex paths leading up the peaks, a legend has formed that the hidden home of the Adepti lies somewhere in the area. Though another factor may simply be the hopes of those that seek blessings from the Adepti.
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- Liyue is inspired by China.
- Liyue (璃月 Líyuè) means "Lapis Lazuli/Precious Stone Moon" or "Glazed/Glass Moon" in Chinese. In addition to those two, Mihoyo has also offered "Jade Moon" as a viable translation, using the radical of 玉 (jade) in Liyue's Li 璃.
- Liyue's Li (璃) can be decomposed into 王 wáng, "king" and 离 lí, "departure", which is the same li found in Zhongli's name in Simplified Chinese. The yue (月) in Liyue can also mean "month," therefore, Liyue's name could possibly have a secondary meaning: "The Month of the King's Departure," which bears striking similarity to a possible interpretation of Zhongli's name ("time of departure").
- Liyue is said to be an economical center (similar to many port cities in China).
- Liyue is the most prosperous of the seven nations.
- In An Organization Known as Wangsheng, Zhongli mentions that Liyue has 3,700 years' worth of history. Ganyu also corroborates that Liyue was founded exactly 3,700 years ago.