Tianshui, located in the southeastern part of China's northwestern province of Gansu, is one of the cradles of the Chinese nation. It is known as an important town on the "Silk Road", one of the world's oldest and most historically important trade routes. The Silk Road started in the capital city of Chang'an (the present Xi'an) in ancient China and was composed of several branches passing through different oasis settlements from east to west in central Asia. It has an elevation of 900m--2700m, with an average of 1100m.
Tianshui enjoys a temperate continental climate with four distinctive seasons and annual average temperature of 12ºC. It has about 180 frost-free days with the annual rainfall averages 500 millimeters and sunshine-time accounts for 2000 hours annually. Thus Tianshui is honoured "Little Jiangnan" in Northeast of China because of its pleasant weather. In autumn and spring, jeans and a sweater are usually enough. Shirts for the summer. You need warm clothing like cotton coats in winter.
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