Timeline of Chinese History

China has one of the world’s oldest civilizations. Its recorded history dates back more than 10,000 years ago. Chinese pride themselves with five thousand years of history and culture. China’s history can be divided into different dynasties alternating between periods of political unity and disunity at intervals. It was occasionally conquered by people from the outside (e.g. Mongols and Manchurians); some of them eventually were assimilated into the Chinese population. Here are the major Chinese Dynasties and Eras:

Xia Dynasty  夏 (c. 2070-c.1600 B.C.E.)

Shang Dynasty 商 (c. 1570-1045 B.C.E.)

Zhou Dynasty 周 (1045-256 B.C.E.)

  • Western Zhou 西周 (1045-771 B.C.E.)
  • Eastern Zhou 东周 (770-256 B.C.E.)
    • Spring and Autumn Era 春秋 (722-481 B.C.E.)
    • Warring States Era 战国 (403-221 B.C.E.)

Qin Dynasty 秦 (221-207 B.C.E.)

Han Dynasty 汉 (202 B.C.E-220- C.E.)

Six Dynasties Era 魏晋南北朝 (220-589 C.E.)

  • Three Kingdoms 三国 (220-265 or 280 C.E.)
  • Western Jin 西晋 (265-317 C.E.)
  • Eastern Jin 东晋(317-420 C.E.)
  • Southern and Northern Dynasties (386 or 420 to 589 C.E.)

Sui Dynasty 隋 (589-618 C.E.)

Tang Dynasty 唐 (618-907 C.E.)

Five Dynasties Era 五代 (907-960 C.E.)

Song Dynasty 宋 (960-1279 C.E.)

Yuan Dynasty 元 (1264-1368 C.E.)

Ming Dynasty 明 (1368-1644 C.E.)

Qing Dynasty 清 (1644-1911 C.E.)

Republic of China 民国共和时期 (1912-1949 C.E.)

People’s Republic of China 中華人民共和國  (1949 C.E.-present)

The following are different presentations of the timeline of the ancient Chinese dynasties I have found that may be useful for your learning:

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Timeline of Chinese History and Dynasties:

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History of China

History of China

History of China

Neolithic c. 8500 – c. 2070 BC
Xia dynasty c. 2070 – c. 1600 BC
Shang dynasty c. 1600 – c. 1046 BC
Zhou dynasty c. 1046 – 256 BC
 Western Zhou
 Eastern Zhou
   Spring and Autumn
   Warring States
Qin dynasty 221–206 BC
Han dynasty 206 BC – 220 AD
  Western Han
  Xin dynasty
  Eastern Han
Three Kingdoms 220–280
  Wei, Shu and Wu
Jin dynasty 265–420
  Western Jin
  Eastern Jin Sixteen Kingdoms
Northern and Southern dynasties
Sui dynasty 581–618
Tang dynasty 618–907
  (Second Zhou dynasty 690–705)
Five Dynasties and
Ten Kingdoms

Liao dynasty
Song dynasty
  Northern Song Western Xia
  Southern Song Jin
Yuan dynasty 1271–1368
Ming dynasty 1368–1644
Qing dynasty 1644–1911
Republic of China 1912–1949
People’s Republic
of China

Republic of
China (Taiwan)


Above table is from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynasties_in_Chinese_history

(Source: https://empoweryourknowledgeandhappytrivia.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/china-timeline.png)

Slides of Chinese Timeline (Published by Jason Terry): Here are some of the slides in this link:

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China and the World Comparative Timeline.PNG

Comparative timeline

Comparative history timeline of China, Japan, and Europe (and some non-Chino.PNG

China and Japan and World Comparative Timeline


Interactive Timeline of Bible History created by Shawn Handran