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Coordinates: 24°34′12″N 120°49′12″E / 24.57000°N 120.82000°E / 24.57000; 120.82000



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Official seal of Miaoli
Location of Miaoli
CountyMiaoli County
 • MayorChiu Ping-kun (邱炳坤)
 • Total37.8872 km2 (14.6283 sq mi)
 (December 2014)
 • Total90,963
Miaoli City
Miaoli City Office

Miaoli City (Wade–Giles: Miao²-li⁴; Hakka PFS: Mèu-li̍t-sṳ; Hokkien POJ: Biâu-le̍k-chhī or Miâu-le̍k-chhī) is a county-administered city and the county seat of Miaoli County, Taiwan. Miaoli has a relatively high percentage of Hakka people. It had the second highest residential price and the highest commercial price for land in Miaoli County as of 2004, at NT$28,601 per square meter and NT$63,317 per square meter, respectively.[1]


The name Miaoli was coined using two Hakka words, 貓貍, which phonetically approximate Pali (Bari) from the Taokas language.


Empire of Japan[edit]

Map of Miaoli (labeled as Byōritsu) and surrounding areas (1944)

Miaoli Hsien was at first eliminated under Japanese rule. Bioritsu Cho (苗栗廳, Byōritsu Chō) was established in 1901. It was then divided over Shinchiku Chō (新竹廳) and Taichū Chō (臺中廳) in 1909. From 1920 to 1945, Byōritsu Town (苗栗街), Enri Town (苑裡街) and six villages were under the jurisdiction of Byōritsu District (苗栗郡), under Shinchiku Prefecture.

Republic of China[edit]

On 16 August 1950, Miaoli City (then Miaoli Township) was designed as the county seat of the newly established Miaoli County. On 25 December 1981, Miaoli Township was upgraded from urban township to a county-administered city as Miaoli City.


As of January 2017, the population of Miaoli City was estimated at 89,850.[2]

Administrative divisions[edit]

Villages in Miaoli City

The city is administered as 28 villages: Beimiao, Datong, Fuan, Fuli, Fuxing, Gaomiao, Gongjing, Jiacheng, Jiangong, Jiaxin, Jingmiao, Lumiao, Nanshi, Qinghua, Shangmiao, Shengli, Shuiyuan, Weixiang, Weixin, Wenshan, Wensheng, Xinchuan, Xinmiao, Xinying, Yuhua, Yumiao, Yuqing and Zhongmiao.[2]

Government institutions[edit]


Tourist attractions[edit]


Notable bridge in the city is Xindong Bridge.



Miaoli Bus Station

Bus services are operated by Miaoli Bus, Hsinchu Bus, and Kuo-Kuang Bus.

Sister city relations[edit]


  1. ^ "Miaoli County Government". Retrieved 26 June 2012.
  2. ^ a b 106年一月份人口統計下載區 [January 2017 Population Statistic Downloads]. mlhr.miaoli.gov.tw (in Chinese). Miaoli County Government Household Registration Service. January 2017. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  3. ^ "City Exchange". Miaoli City Office. 2011. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2016.

External links[edit]

  1. ^ Sarah Shair-Rosenfield (November 2020). "Taiwan combined" (PDF). The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 29 May 2021.