Tianshui was the main stopping point on the Silk Road from Van to Lanzhou. Its history dates back further than this. However, a number of sources cites on the banks of the Wei River were the "cradle "of Chinese civilization.This region has been inhabited since Neolithic time, excavated relics has a history of 8120 years, maybe it was the heart of the prehistory China.
Tianshui City, the second largest city in Gansu Province, lies in the southeastern part of the province. Having a long history, it is known as a famous historical and cultural city and one of the birthplaces of the Chinese people.
Tianshui City, with beautiful landscape, distinguished people, ancient cultural relics, and famous historical sites, is rich in tourist resources. The world-famous Manjishan Grottoes, one of the "Great Four Grottoes" in china, has won the reputation as the "Oriental Sculpture Gallery". The special products of farming and forestry are rich in variety, high in quality and easy to be mined. The proven mineral resources include metal mines such as gold, iron. and copper, and nonmetal mines such as dolomite, serpentine, and limestone. As one of the old industrial bases in China, Tianshui boasts nearly 800 enterprises and has formed an multi-layered industrial production system mainly consisting of the machinery, electronics, building materials, textile and other light industries, food, and arts & crafts.
The developed traffic facilities of Tianshui provide a good investment environment. From the east to the west pun the Longhai (Lanzhou-Lianyungang) Railway and the No.31O State Highway, and from the north to the south go several main highways. Besides, an expressway connects the eastern and western districts of the city, and the airport on the outskirts of the city is available for large passenger planes. Program- controlled telephones, wireless paging, and mobile phones together form a modern communication system ensuring convenient and prompt worldwide information exchanges. Tianshui is moving ahead to be a center city in eastern Gansu Province that is mainly employed in tourist and trading industry and processing industry.