Hualien City

County-controlled city
Hualien City
Hualien City
Hualien City
Nickname(s): Huashi (花市)
Hualien City
Hualien City
Hualien is located in Taiwan
Location in Taiwan
Coordinates: 23°58′20″N 121°36′23″E / 23°58′20″N 121°36′23″E / 23.97222; 121.60639
Country Taiwan
County Hualien County
 • Type County-controlled city
 • Mayor Wei Chia-hsien (KMT) [1]
 • Total 29.41 km2 (11.36 sq mi)
Population (December 2014)
 • Total 106,368
Time zone CST ( UTC+8)
Post code 970
Subdivision 45 Boroughs [2]
Hualien City
Traditional Chinese 花蓮市
Simplified Chinese 花莲市

Hualien City ( Chinese: 花蓮市; pinyin: Huālián Shì) is a county-controlled city and the county seat of Hualien County, Taiwan. It is located on the east coast of Taiwan on the Pacific Ocean, and has a population of 106,368 inhabitants. [3]


Hualien County annals (花蓮縣志) record that the city was called "Kiray" ( Chinese: 奇萊; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Kî-lâi) until the early twentieth century. This name refers to the Sakiraya Taiwanese aborigines and their settlement. [4]

After Taiwan came under Japanese rule in 1895 its governors sought to change the name because "Kiray" is pronounced the same as the Japanese word for "dislike" ( 嫌い, kirai). The name was eventually changed to Karen Harbour ( Japanese: 花蓮港, Hepburn: Karenkō). After World War II the incoming Kuomintang-led Republic of China retained the Kanji spelling but shortened the name to just Karen (花蓮), or Hualien via Chinese romanization.

Other Languages
Bân-lâm-gú: Hoa-liân-chhī
čeština: Chua-lien
Deutsch: Hualien
فارسی: هوالین
français: Hualien
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Fâ-lièn-sṳ
한국어: 화롄시
Bahasa Indonesia: Kota Hualien
italiano: Hualien
lietuvių: Hualianas
Nederlands: Hualien (stad)
日本語: 花蓮市
norsk: Hualien
polski: Hualian
русский: Хуалянь
suomi: Hualien
Türkçe: Hualien
Tiếng Việt: Hoa Liên (thành phố)
中文: 花蓮市