The Japanese name for Chang Hua was Shoka. The Original inhabitants were the Babuzza people and some Hoanya people. The Dutch called the area Favorlang. The name was changed from Ban Xian in 1723 to honor the Yong Cheng emporer following a near disaster the previous year when a Papora revolt led commander Luo Guo Hsuan to destroy the village of Sha lu and following the Zhu Yi Gui Rebellion which forced the Qing government to abandon Tainan. Shoka is a translation.