Tiānshuǐ’s (天水) splendid Buddhist caves at nearby Màijī Shān entice a consistent flow of visitors. Though the city is not a draw in and of itself, it is a pleasant place to spend the night on the way to or from Màijī Shān and has enough dining and sleeping options to keep you occupied on your way through. The city has recently started to develop a waterside promenade along the Wei River that promises to become a very pleasant place for a stroll or evening beer.
Modern Tiānshuǐ is actually two very separate districts 15km apart: there is the railhead sprawl, known as Màijī Qū (麦积区; formerly Běidào), and the central commercial area to the west, known as Qínzhōu Qū (秦州区), where you’ll arrive if coming in by bus. The two sections are lashed together by a long freeway that runs along the river.