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Chinese Chronology

Chinese HistoryChina is an old, beautiful and mysterious Eastern country that can not be ignored in the world. China, one of the four oldest civilizations in the world, has a written history of 4,000 years. What a rich culture and historical heritage it boasts is that it is ancient inventor of compass, paper, gunpowder and printing, and that it has the Great Wall, the Grand Canal and the Karez irrigation systems - three great ancient engineering projects built 2,000 years ago. China has gone through a long history of primitive society, slavery society, feudal society and semi-feudal semi-colonial society and the present socialist society.

Start of Chinese History
From the year dot, the earliest Chinese history disappears into the shadows of folklore and legend although a lots archeological evidences such as stone, pottery articles show the evolution of pre-history.

Traditional legends tell of both celestial and mortal emperors who ruled China for tens of thousands of years before a formal history recorded by characters. The Chinese have claimed a history of 5000 years for the signs inscribed on the carapace, of over 4000 years for charactors on pottery. Until Qi (son of Yu who was the great great grandson of the lendary forefather Huang Emperor) built the first Chinese dynasty Xia, the history of China was uncovered the earliest page.

Chinese Chronology

Dynasties Period
Xia (Hsia) 2205 B.C.-1766 B.C.
Shang 1766 B.C.-1122 B.C.
Zhou (Chow) 

Western Zhou (Chow)

1122 B.C.-770 B.C.
Eastern Zhou (Chow)  770 B.C.-256 B.C.
Spring & Autumn Annals 770 B.C.-476 B.C.
Warring States Period 475 B.C.-221 B.C.
Qin (Chin)  221 B.C.-207 B.C.
Han Western Han 206 B.C.- 24 A.D.
Eastern Han 25-220 A.D.
Three Kingdoms Period Wei 220-265 A.D.
Shu 221-263 A.D.
Wu 222-280 A.D.
Jin (Tsin) Western Jin (Tsin) 265-316 A.D.
Eastern Jin (Tsin) 317-420 A.D.
Southern and Northern Dynasties Southern Dynasty Song 420-479 A.D.
Qi 479-502 A.D.
Liang 502-557 A.D.
Chen 557-589 A.D.
Northern Dynasty Northern Wei 386-534 A.D.
Eastern Wei 534-550 A.D.
Northern Qi 550-577 A.D.
Western Wei 535-556 A.D.
Northern Zhou 557-580 A.D.
Sui 581-618 A.D.
Tang 618-907 A.D.
Five Dynasties Later Liang 907-923 A.D.
Later Tang 923-936 A.D.
Later Jin 936-947 A.D.
Later Han 947-950 A.D.
Later Zhou 951-960 A.D.
Song (Sung) Northern Song (Sung) 960-1127 A.D.
Southern Song (Sung) 1127-1280 A.D.
Liao 916-1125 A.D.
Jin 1115-1234 A.D.
Yuan 1271-1368 A.D.
Ming 1368-1644 A.D.
Qing (Ching) 1644-1911 A.D.
Republic of China (R. O. C) * 1911- 1949 (Separated Taiwan in 1949)
People's Republic of China (P. R. C) Founded in 1949

 Click the table into the detials of Chinese Dynasties.

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