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1100 BCE 1000 BCE 900 BCE 800 BCE 700 BCE 600 BCE 500 BCE 400 BCE 300 BCE 200 BCE 100 BCE 0 CE 100 CE 200 CE 300 CE 400 CE 500 CE 600 CE 700 CE 800 CE 900 CE 1000 CE 1100 CE 1200 CE 1300 CE 1400 CE 1500 CE 1600 CE  
1050 BCE: King Wen of Zhou is the first Chinese ruler to claim a Mandate of Heaven.
221 BCE: King Ying Zheng assumes the title Shi Huangdi, First Emperor of China. Founds Qin Dynasty.
210 BCE: First Emperor of China Shi Huangdi dies, buried with army of 8,000 terracotta warriors in palace tomb.
206 BCE: Emperor Gaozu (Liu Bang) becomes the first Han ruler.
202 BCE: Liu Bang is proclaimed emperor of China after defeating the rebel Xiang Yu.
141 BCE - 87 BCE: Reign of Emperor Emperor Wu (also known as Wu Di).
9 CE: Wang Man takes control of the empire by usurping the throne and proclaiming the the beginning of a new dynasty called Xin “new”.
168 CE - 189 CE: Ling is emperor in China.
190 CE: Dong Zhou seized control of the Chinese imperial capital and placed a child, Liu Xie, as the new ruler.
581 CE - 601 CE: Reign of Wen (aka Wendi), first Sui emperor in China.
598 CE - 649 CE: Life of Li-Shimin, Emperor Taizong of China.
604 CE - 618 CE: Reign of Yang (aka Yangdi), second and last Sui emperor in China.
618 CE - 626 CE: Reign of Gaozu, 1st Emperor of Tang Dynasty in China.
626 CE - 649 CE: Reign of Emperor Taizong in China.
649 CE - 683 CE: Reign of Emperor Gaozong in China.
683 CE - 704 CE: Reign of Empress Wu Zetian, only female monarch of China.
712 CE - 756 CE: Reign of Xuanzong, 7th emperor of the Tang Dynasty in China.
756 CE: Chinese emperor Xuanzong abdicates in favor of his son Suzong.
762 CE: Death of Chinese emperor Xuanzong.
840 CE - 846 CE: Reign of Chinese emperor Wuzong of the Tang dynasty.
960 CE - 976 CE: Reign of Emperor Taizu, founder of the Song dynasty in China.
976 CE - 997 CE: Reign of Emperor Taizong of the Song dynasty in China.
997 CE - 1022 CE: Reign of Emperor Zhenzong of the Song dynasty in China.
1022 CE - 1063 CE: Reign of Emperor Renzong of the Song dynasty in China.
1063 CE - 1067 CE: Reign of Emperor Yingzong of the Song dynasty in China.
1067 CE - 1085 CE: Reign of Emperor Shenzong of the Song dynasty in China.
1085 CE - 1100 CE: Reign of Emperor Zhizong of the Song dynasty in China.
1100 CE - 1126 CE: Reign of Emperor Huizong of the Song dynasty in China.
1127 CE - 1162 CE: Reign of Emperor Gaozong of the Song dynasty in China.
1162 CE - 1189 CE: Reign of Emperor Xiaozong of the Song dynasty in China.
1189 CE - 1194 CE: Reign of Emperor Guangzong of the Song dynasty in China.
1194 CE - 1224 CE: Reign of Emperor Ningzong of the Song dynasty in China.
1224 CE - 1264 CE: Reign of Emperor Lizong of the Song dynasty in China.
1264 CE - 1274 CE: Reign of Emperor Duzong of the Song dynasty in China.
1274 CE - 1275 CE: Reign of Emperor Gongzong of the Song dynasty in China.
1275 CE - 1277 CE: Reign of Emperor Duanzong of the Song dynasty in China.
1278 CE - 1279 CE: Reign of Emperor Dibing of the Song dynasty in China.
1368 CE - 1644 CE: Reign of the Ming Dynasty in China.
1368 CE - 1398 CE: Reign of the Hongwu Emperor, founder of the Ming Dynasty in China.
1398 CE - 1402 CE: Reign of the Jianwen Emperor of the Chinese Ming Dynasty.
1403 CE - 1424 CE: Reign of the Yongle Emperor (aka Chengzu) of the Ming Dynasty.
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