Lying in the southeast of Gansu Province,
the city of Tianshui is the second largest city in and the city directly under
the province. Today, the city has become a major city that focuses on tourism
and processing, and the center of economy, culture and commerce, and the
transportation pivot in the southeast of Gansu.
Tianshui is one of the birthplaces of the
Chinese people. In ancient times, the legendary emperor Fuxi and Nuwa were born here. Today
throngs of people still flock to the Fuxi Temple, in the western section of the
city, to commemorate him. Hence, Tianshui has become the Holy Land where
overseas Chinese come to trace and worship their ancestors.
The city was for centuries an important town
on the Silk Road, being the first stop in Gansu for travelers and merchants to
various parts of northwestern China and beyond. It is now a national level
historical and cultural city. The time-honored history fostered the Fuxi
Culture, Dadiwan Culture, the Pre-Qin Culture, the Three Kingdoms Culture and
Grottoes Culture, and turned out many historical celebrities. The Maji Mountain
("Wheat-stack Mountain") Scenic Area is one of the 44 national scenic areas
published in the first batch by the State Council. Besides, there are many
historic sites about Du Fu, the poem saga, Li Guang, celebrated general, Zhuge
Kongming, a famous militarist, and so on. Tianshui is rich in tourism resources
and noble cultural taste, with altogether 69 cultural relics sites under the
county level protection or above.