[ 2009-11-21 ] Bishan
Bishan is originally named as Houshan. According to the renewed record of Chen family ancestral shrine at Bishan: The first ancestors of Chen family originated in Guangzhou in Henan Province, China, with the branches Ciyuanjhou and Shenhu Village at Jingjiang County in Fujian Province; Lord Dezong, the first ancestor, was the minister of state of first rank and met his unfortunate fate to be executed due to his upright and outspoken nature to put forward suggestive proposals. Lord Dezong’s three sons took to escape by boats after learning the news, and they were separated by the gale winds, and the boat for the founding ancestor Cunren with his wife (nee Liu) was drifted to seaside at Houshan Village in Kinmen. After going ashore, the founding ancestor Cunren sought land for settlement, and the clan family has lived for generations ever since. With its location near the sea with Houshan and Bishan Hill standing in the backside of the village, the fifth branch of the clan continued to adopt the name Houshan and Bishan by not forgetting one’s class origin. As its water source from Meiren Mountain flows into Tianpu River, Bishan is home to taro and varieties of vegetables. Despite the gale force winds, the block by highlands and dune in the rear of the village reduces the sandy winds benefiting the fishing activities. The opening of Amoy port in the end of Qing Dynasty thus triggered a rush to make a living abroad for South Fujian people. Most of the Bishan residents opted to emigrate to Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia, and many of these overseas expatriates achieved their career success in their country of residency. There are diversified Western buildings in Bishan Village and distinctive ancestral shrines in semi-Western building style, such as Ruiyou Primary School founded in 1931.