JiuJiang, Guangdong Province
Genealogy records showed the Lee clan settled in
in the mid twelve century. Jiujiang is located in the fertile land on the
banks of XiJiang River
which is part of the Pearl River delta that runs into South China sea. The town occupies an area
of approximately 47 sq miles and is adjacent Shunde in the east and Heshan
the south crossing the JiuJiang bridge. According to historical and genealogy records,
ancient people who cultivated JiuJiang came mainly from Mid China. During Song
Dynasty, they came in groups from north on raft downstream through Beijiang
River and continued onto XiJiang River
landing in the southern tip of
Shahou area. Eventually, they settled down in various regions in the delta.
JiuJiang has a network of crisscross rivers, streams and canals and without bridges, transportation would have become impossible. Famous land marks would be fish ponds that take up approximately 5836 acres. During Song and Yuan Dynasties, the farmers frequently had bad harvests due to floods. Later on, the local people, showing tremendous intelligence and creativity, reclaimed the fish ponds by piling the sludge scooped up from the low-lying lands, and planted mulberry trees along the ridges. ¡@
JiuJiang was known as the "Home of Scholars". During the dynasty periods, an exceptional number of JiuJiang residents who passed the highest imperial exams to become high government positions. It was also noted in the Lee's genealogy document that several of the Lee's ancestry were in this category.
|This is one of the ancient
bridge names Ti Gor Bridge
connecting a stream near our ancestors house located in Ti Gor
area, JiuJiang .