Tianshui is a national famous historical and cultural city. Fuxi, the first of the Three Sovereigns, created the eight trigrams here, so Tianshui is also called the "Capital of I Ching". It has four distinct seasons and pleasant climate, with abundant produce, known as the "Little Jiangnan of Northwest China". At the same time, Tianshui has numerous cultural relics and historic sites. Currently there are 169 state and provincial level protected sites, including the Dadiwan Site which contains exquisite treasures from the early Neolithic Age and Yangshao Culture. Tianshui Fuxi Temple is the only one in China with a sculpture of Fuxi. It has carved beams and painted columns, ancient cypresses forming a forest.
The Maijishan Grottoes are one of the four greatest ancient grottoes in China, known as the "Oriental Sculpture Museum", with over 7,730 ancient Buddha statues from different periods. Together with Daxiangshan, Shuilian Cave, Lasha Temple, Muti Temple and more, it forms the Grotto Art Corridor on the eastern segment of the Ancient Silk Road.