Easy Timeline of Chinese History

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Table (1 of 3): Timeline of Chinese history by People's daily (official English news paper of Chinese goverment).

 

 

 
Xia Dynasty 2070-1600 B.C.
Shang Dynasty 1600-1046 B.C.
Zhou Dynasty Western Zhou 1046-771 B.C.
Eastern Zhou
    Spring and Autumn Period
    Warring States Period
770-256 B.C.
770-476 B.C.
475-221 B.C.
Qin Dynasty 221-206 B.C.
Han Dynasty Western Han 206 B.C.-A.D. 25
Eastern Han 25-220
Three Kingdoms Wei 220-265
Shu Han 221-263
Wu 222-280
Western Jin Dynasty 265-317
Eastern Jin Dynasty 317-420
Northern and Southern Dynasties Southern Dynasties Song 420-479
Qi 479-502
Liang 502-557
Chen 557-589
Northern Dynasties Northern Wei 386-534
Eastern Wei 534-550
Northern Qi 550-577
Western Wei 535-556
Northern Zhou 557-581
Sui Dynasty 581-618
Tang Dynasty 618-907
Five Dynasties Later Liang 907-923
Later Tang 923-936
Later Jin 936-947
Later Han 947-950
Later Zhou 951-960
Song Dynasty Northern Song 960-1127
Southern Song 1127-1279
Liao Dynasty 907-1125
Jin Dynasty 1115-1234
Yuan Dynasty 1206-1368
Ming Dynasty 1368-1644
Qing Dynasty 1616-1911
Republic of China 1912-1949
People's Republic of China Founded on October 1, 1949

Table (2 of 3): Timeline of Chinese history by University of Maryland.

Dates Dynasty
ca. 2000-1500 B.C. Xia
1700-1027 B.C. Shang
1027-771 B.C. Western Zhou  
770-221 B.C. Eastern Zhou  
770-476 B.C. -- Spring and Autumn period  
475-221 B.C. -- Warring States period  
221-207 B.C. Qin  
206 B.C.-A.D. 9 Western Han  
A.D. 9-24 Xin (Wang Mang interregnum)  
A.D. 25-220 Eastern Han  
A.D. 220-280 Three Kingdoms  
220-265 -- Wei
221-263 -- Shu
229-280 -- Wu  
A.D. 265-316 Western Jin  
A.D. 317-420 Eastern Jin  
A.D. 420-588 Southern and Northern Dynasties   
420-588 Southern Dynasties  
420-478 -- Song
479-501 -- Qi
502-556 -- Liang
557-588 -- Chen
386-588 Northern Dynasties  
386-533 -- Northern Wei  
534-549 -- Eastern Wei  
535-557 -- Western Wei  
550-577 -- Northern Qi  
557-588 -- Northern Zhou  
A.D. 581-617 Sui
A.D. 618-907 Tang  
A.D. 907-960 Five Dynasties
907-923 -- Later Liang  
923-936 -- Later Tang  
936-946 -- Later Jin  
947-950 -- Later Han  
951-960 -- Later Zhou  
A.D. 907-979 Ten Kingdoms
A.D. 960-1279 Song  
960-1127 -- Northern Song  
1127-1279 -- Southern Song  
A.D. 916-1125 Liao  
A.D. 1038-1227 Western Xia  
A.D. 1115-1234 Jin  
A.D. 1279-1368 Yuan  
A.D. 1368-1644 Ming  
A.D. 1644-1911 Qing  
A.D. 1911-1949 Republic of China (in mainland China)
A.D. 1949- Republic of China (in Taiwan)
A.D. 1949- People's Republic of China

 

Table (3 of 3): Timeline of Chinese History by University of Columbia.

China's Dynasties Capitals
1200 BC 1122 (?) Shang Zhengzhou/Chengchow
Anyang
Zhou/Chou
600 BC
Confucius
Warring States Period
221 BC Qin/Ch'in Chang'an/Ch'angan (today's Xi'an/Sian)
206 BC unification
BC/ AD
Han Xi'an
Confucianism est'd.
Luoyang
222 AD Six Dynasties
central govt. decline
Buddhism intro'd.
600 AD 589 AD Sui Chang'an
second unification (Xi'an)
Tang/T'ang Chang'an
907
Song/Sung
1127 Northern Song Kaifeng
Southern Song Hangzhou/Hangchow
1200
1279 Yuan (Mongols) Beijing
1368 Ming Nanjing
1644 Qing/Ch'ing (Manchus) Beijing
1800 Beijing
1912 Republic Nanjing
1949 People's Republic Beijing
2000

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