Jiangyi village: 2016 the most beautiful villages in China

Foshan China 2017-05-12

Jiangyi village is located in the north of Leliu, Shunde district, Foshan, Guangdong Province. By the waterways of Shunde, it is a representative village in Shunde and has been awarded one of the most beautiful villages in China in 2016.

With a history of more than 500 years, Jiangyi village was composed of three natural villages (Majiang village, Tanyi village and Da Wo Sha). Taking black bricks and yellow tiles as main tone, the overall style and features of buildings in the village are very beautiful. There are a lot of well-preserved dwellings dated back to the Ming and Qing Dynasty, ancestral halls, old banyans, streets and alleys made of flagstones and traditional window decorations and carvings, which is a typical characteristic of Lingnan village. For example, built in the Qing Dynasty, Jilan Bridge was 200 years old. Having a length of 6 meters and a width of 2 meters, it is a bridge for transportation in the village. Surrounded by rivers, main streets in Jiangyi village are built along rivers. There are all kinds of bridges, ports, squares and trees separating the place into pieces, which forms a flexible and changeable pattern.


Jiangyi village is well developed thanks to a sustainable plan. Since 1996, leading by the plan and combining the practical local situation, Jiangyi village has formed a planning layout with three main functional areas including industrial area, farmland protection area and residential area. The layout is scientific and reasonable. Production and living activities are in order.

As a scenic spot in Jiangyi village, Yijing Park is located on the other side of the river, the opposite of Jiangyi village committee cultural square. The beautiful waterside scenery is made by removing the original old houses and connecting with Yigqing Park on the other bank. It takes up 5,000 square meters in total and the landscape area is 2387.58 square meters. There is an antique stone arch bridge with a floor and parapets made of granite in the park, which is a characteristic of Lingnan village.

It is worth mentioning that Jiangyi village is a typical representative of Lingnan “mulberry fish pond”. Shunde is well-known as a national breeding base of California weevers, and Jiangyi village is a high-standard breeding area of California weevers in Shunde and even in China. It is a pollution-free breeding base and an experimental unit of modern agriculture in Guangdong.


The flourishing breeding industry is closely related to the plan made by village committees (CPC branch committee and villager committee). In 1990s, Jiangyi village committees built a waterway to connect with the North River. Since then, the breeding industry has been growing. In 2001, the village committees made an investment to improve fish ponds, developing the breeding industry characteristic of Jiangyi village.


Besides breeding industry, there are more than 100 companies in Jiangyi village. According to statistics, in 2011, the value of industrial output exceeds 900 million yuan ($131 million) and the annual income of villagers reaches 7,000 yuan ($1018). In addition, Jiangyi village is well-known as welfare village in Leliu because welfare payments for the elderly have been sent out for over 12 years. In 2000, Jiangyi village set up senior welfare fund. With an increase of the fund, beneficiaries expand from the elderly over 65 to those over 55 and the payments go from 60 yuan to 400 yuan for each person.


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Written by Arrietty