Although not always disclosed, Hualien has a history that goes back to the 1800s when the first Han people came to the country. One of the most significant structures that can attest to such claims is the Yenpin Prefectural Temple, which is the oldest temple in the Hualien County and has been classified as a third-degree historic site. The old temple, which is also known as the Fuh-sing Temple, is found at the center of Shi-liu-ku, which is now know as the Feng-chun area. This is also known to be the place of origin of the city of Hualien.
The city of Hualien was referred to as “Chilai” during the Qing Dynasty. The first Han people to have arrived in Chilai were Huang A-feng supposedly from Tamsui, Taipei. During the reign of Emperor Hsienfeng in 1851, Huang collected funds from 16 people and recruited 2,200 farmers to cultivate the lands of Chilai. [Read more…]