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The Introduction of Tianshui

The city of Tianshui is located in the northeast of Gansu province, and it is the second-largest city in Gansu. Tianshui is on both the Yangtze River basin and the Yellow River basin, and it is on the "Eurasian Continental Bridge," a rail route said to be the cheapest and fastest land route between China's Pacific Ocean coast and northwestern Europe. Meanwhile, it also has jurisdiction over the Qinzhou and Maiji districts. It has a total area of 14,300 square kilometres. About 300,000 people live in the Tianshui urban area. Established during the time of Emperor Wu Di, Tianshui County has had a 2000 year history.

What to Visit in Tianshui?
Tianshui offers plenty of fantastic historic scenic options, so there we recommend some most popular ones that come with stunning views.
Fuxi Temple and Guatai Mountain are places where Chinese people worship their ancestors.
Water Curtain Cave in Wushan Mountain is dominated by grottoes, temples, sculptures, portraits and natural landscapes, which is a famous grotto site in Tianshui.
Daxiangshan Mountain in Gangu county is majestic and magisterial. On the hill sits the giant Buddha.
The Immortal Cliff is near Maijishan Mountain. Here is a unique tourist attraction that integrates three religions: Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism.
If you are a fan of Chinese Buddhist culture and art, Maijishan Grottoes might be an excellent choice. Entering this Oriental Sculpture Museum, you can enjoy the Buddhist art and visit the surrounding landscape, which is entirely worth visiting.

Climate and Weather of Tianshui:

Tianshui City has a temperate monsoon climate with an average annual temperature of 11°C. The frost-free period is 185 days. July to August is the hottest time of each year, with an average temperature of 22.8℃; the coldest month in January, the average temperature is -2.0℃. Among them, from May to November is the best time to travel to Tianshui City.
Spring and Autumn:
The climate is suitable to enjoy the picturesque scenery.
Summer: Fuxi Cultural Festival will hold in June of the Gregorian calendar. At this time, you can come here, and attend various entertainment activities.

Winter: The climate of Tianshui is cold and dry, which is not suitable for travel.

                                   Annual Temperature of the Year/℃ ( High-Low )

Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May. Jun.
-12/-22 -8/-17 1/-10 15/1 19/7 25/12
Jul. Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
27/16 28/16 24/15 19/5 -1/-12 -12/-21


History of Tianshui:

Tianshui is one of the famous historic and cultural cities along the ancient Silk Road, and it was named by the legend of the "Tianhe River Infusion." In myths, Tianshui was the birthplace of Fuxi, the earliest Chinese ancestor. The Dadiwan society existed here during Neolithic times. Then, the Qin state, later to become the founding dynasty of the Chinese empire, conquered other territories from Tianshui.
The Qin established the first empire of China that lasted from 221 to 206 BC. The famous Terracotta Army statues in Xian and the first part of the Great Wall of China was built by this dynasty. The land was originally bestowed by Xiao Wang of the Zhou Dynasty to Feizi whose surname was called "Yin." Feizi described ideas on law and justice that were adopted by the Qin rulers.

How to Get to Tianshui?

There are three ways to get to Tianshui: Flights, Trains, and Cars.

Go to Tianshui By Air:

Tianshui Maijishan Airport is located in Maijishan District, Tianshui City, Gansu Province, China. It is about 14 kilometres away from the city centre, and 50 kilometres away from Maijishan Grottoes. At present, there are flights to Tianjin, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Chongqing and Xi’an.
Note: The airport bus is not in operation yet, but there are buses in Tianshui City that go directly to the airport, which is more convenient.


Go to Tianshui By Trains:

There are train stations in Tianshui: Tianshui Railway Station, and Tianshui South Railway Station.
* Tianshui Railway Station is an important railway station for Longhai Railway and Tianping Railway. Currently, it has trains to Xi'an, Urumqi, Lanzhou, Xining, Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou.
* Tianshui South Railway Station is an intermediate station of the Baolan Section of the Xulan High Speed Railway. It mainly operates high speed trains from/to Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Lanzhou, Xining, Zhangye, Jiayuguan, and Luoyang etc.


Drive to Tianshui:

Driving from Tianshui to Lanzhou takes about 4 hours ( 308 km ).
Driving from Tianshui City to Maijishan Grottoes takes about 1hour and 14 mintues ( 46.4 km ).


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