Hualien City

County-administered 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
CountyHualien County
 • TypeCounty-controlled city
 • MayorWei Chia-hsien (KMT)[1]
 • Total29.41 km2 (11.36 sq mi)
Population (December 2014)
 • Total106,368
Time zoneUTC+8 (CST)
Post code970
Subdivision45 Boroughs[2]
Hualien City
Traditional Chinese花蓮市
Simplified Chinese花莲市

Hualien City (Chinese: 花蓮市) is a county-administered 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
Cebuano: Hualian
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)
粵語: 花蓮市
中文: 花蓮市