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Tianshui (天水; Tiānshuǐ) is a city in Gansu Province.


Tianshui consists of two main area with an industrial area in between. The eastern area is called Beidao and the western area is called Qincheng. Longcheng Lu connects both sections which lie 18 km apart.

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

  • 1 Tianshui South railway station (天水南站). A major stop on the high-speed line from Xi'an to Lanzhou, Xining, and Urumqi. Also has high-speed sleeper train service to Shanghai. Tianshui South railway station (Q7800243) on Wikidata Tianshui South railway station on Wikipedia
  • 2 Tianshui station (天水火车站, Tiānshuǐ Huǒchēzhàn). Station for low-speed sleeper trains. Destinations include Lanzhou (4 hours), Urumqi (28-35 hours), Xian (4 hours), Xining (8 hours), and Yinchuan (14 hours). Tianshui Railway Station (Q10939861) on Wikidata Tianshui railway station on Wikipedia

By bus[edit]

Long Distance Bus Station is at Xinhua Road, Qincheng.

  • Gangu - takes about 2 hours
  • Lanzhou - takes about 4 hours
  • Linxia - takes about 10 hours
  • Pingliang - takes about 8 hours
  • Xian - takes about 5-6 hours

By plane[edit]

  • 3 Tianshui Maijishan Airport (天水麦积山机场). A small airport with limited service to major domestic hubs, centrally located. Tianshui Maijishan Airport (Q3281145) on Wikidata Tianshui Maijishan Airport on Wikipedia

Get around[edit]


  • 1 Taizi mosque (台子清真寺). Mosque located in Da Zhong Zhong Lu, with Halaal food available nearby.


  • 2 Maijishan National Park (麦积山). 08:00-17:00. Nearly 200 ancient Buddhist grottoes on a vertical mountain cliff, well-preserved but be prepared to climb some stairs. ¥90. Maijishan National Park (Q14223651) on Wikidata Maijishan_Grottoes on Wikipedia
  • 3 Yuquan Temple (玉泉观). 08:00-18:00 April-October, 08:30-17:30 November-March. Ancient Taoist temple overlooking Tianshui, dating from the Yuan dynasty. It is still possible to drink from the spring, for a donation. ¥20. Yuquan Guan (Q1478269) on Wikidata
  • 4 Fuxi Temple (伏羲庙). 08:00-18:00. Ancient Taoist temple dedicated to the inventor of the trigram and a number of other mathematical systems, games, and tricks. The city museum in the back is also well worth visiting ¥20. Fuxi Temple (Q10885321) on Wikidata
  • 5 Tianshui City Museum (天水市博物馆). 09:00-17:00, closed Mondays. Museum with an extensive collection of ancient pottery from the area. Free. (Q48886575) on Wikidata
  • Antique Market, Jiefang Road (Under Central Square).
  • Immortals' Cliffs. Temples built under the shelter of an enormous overhanging cliff.



  • Tianshui Lacquer Carvings. Decent prices on lacquarware compared to the rest of China. Bargain hard and you may be a winner!





  • Hongqiao Hotel (Hongqiao Binguan) (Eastern edge of train station parking lot, Beidao District), +86 938 2618882.
  • Tianyao Hotel (Tianyao Zhaodaisuo), Minzhu Road, Qincheng District, +86 938 8287503.


  • Maiji Hotel (Maiji Dajiudian) (Right side of train station as you exit the station, Beidao District), +86 938 4920000.
  • Youju Hotel (Youju Binguan), Central Square, Qincheng District, +86 938 8295566.


Go next[edit]

  • Gangu and Great Statue Mountain - temple complex that hugs the ridge overlooking a small tourist-free town
Routes through Tianshui
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