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6500 BCE: Rice cultivation begins in the Yangtze River valley in China.
 
5200 BCE: Domestication of chickens in China.
 
 
5000 BCE: Villages arise in China around the Yellow river. Terraced farming begins and rice is cultivated.
 
5000 BCE: Evidence of the surgical procedure of trephination found in China.
 
 
5000 BCE: Dead buried with grave goods at Banpo Village, China.
 
 
5000 BCE - 3000 BCE: Yangshao Culture thrives in Yellow River Valley, China.
 
 
4800 BCE: Neolithic village of Banpo in China built.
 
 
4500 BCE - 3750 BCE: Neolithic village Banpo in China inhabited.
 
4500 BCE - 3000 BCE: The Hongshan culture in China produces a jade figurine which is the oldest known depiction of a dragon.
 
 
3750 BCE: Banpo Village in China abandoned.
 
3600 BCE: First appearance of silk in China.
 
3000 BCE - 1700 BCE: The Longshan culture flourishes in north-east China.
 
 
2700 BCE: The earliest known examples of woven silk from Qianshanyang, China.
 
 
2070 BCE - 1600 BCE: The Xia Dynasty rules in China.
 
1789 BCE - 1758 BCE: Kong Jia of the Xia Dynasty rules in China.
 
1728 BCE - 1675 BCE: Jie is the last ruler of the Xia Dynasty in China.
 
 
1600 BCE - 1046 BCE: Shang Dynasty in China.
 
1600 BCE - 1046 BCE: Writing develops in China during the Shang Dynasty.
 
1600 BCE - 1000 BCE: Jiaguwen Script develops in China.
 
1600 BCE - 1000 BCE: Early Chinese ghost stories written in China.
 
 
1300 BCE: The chariot is introduced to China from the northwest.
 
 
1250 BCE - 1192 BCE: Reign of the great Emperor Wu Ding of the Shang Dynasty in China.
 
1250 BCE - 1046 BCE: Oracle Bones in use in China during the Shang Dynasty.
 
 
1046 BCE - 771 BCE: Western Zhou dynasty replaces the Shang Dynasty in China.
 
1000 BCE - 700 BCE: Dazhuan Script develops in China.
 
 
772 BCE - 476 BCE: The Spring and Autumn Period in China.
 
 
771 BCE - 256 BCE: Eastern Zhou Dynasty in China.
 
700 BCE: Xiaozhuan Script develops in China.
 
 
512 BCE - 506 BCE: The Wu Chu wars in China between the States of Wu and Chu.
 
500 BCE: Lishu "Clerky Script" develops in China.
 
 
481 BCE - 221 BCE: Warring States Period in China.
 
478 BCE: Temple of Confucius built at Qufu, China.
 
 
476 BCE - 221 BCE: The Warring States Period in China.
 
 
476 BCE - 221 BCE: The Warring States Period in China, suggested time-period for composition of The Art of War.
 
 
476 BCE - 221 BCE: Warring States Period in China.
 
 
476 BCE - 221 BCE: Warring States Period in China, Legalism develops in response to the horrors of war.
 
 
338 BCE: Death of Shang Yang, early proponent of Legalist philosophy in China.
 
280 BCE - 233 BCE: Life of Han Feizi who developed Legalism in China.
 
 
262 BCE - 260 BCE: The Battle of Changping, one of the most important battles in the Warring States Period in China between Zhao and Qin.
 
 
259 BCE - 210 BCE: Life of Ying Zheng of Qin, Shi Huangdi, First Emperor of China.
 
 
230 BCE - 221 BCE: King Ying Zheng of Qin defeats the other warring states, claims Mandate of Heaven to rule China.
 
 
221 BCE - 210 BCE: First emperor of a united China, Shi Huangti, rules.
 
 
221 BCE: King Ying Zheng assumes the title Shi Huangdi, First Emperor of China. Founds Qin Dynasty.
 
 
221 BCE - 206 BCE: Qin Dynasty in China.
 
 
221 BCE - 206 BCE: The Qin Dynasty under Shi Huangti, First Emperor, rules in China.
 
 
221 BCE - 206 BCE: The Qin Dynasty in China.
 
 
221 BCE: Construction of Northern Frontier wall by Shi Huangdi, First Emperor of China, precursor to Great Wall.
 
 
220 BCE - 210 BCE: Emperor Shi Huangti initiates building the Great Wall of China and the Grand Canal.
 
 
218 BCE: Construction of the Great Wall of China is initiated.
 
 
213 BCE: The Burning of the Books and the Burying of Philosophers Period in China.
 
 
210 BCE - 206 BCE: China steadily rises in rebellion against collapsing Qin Dynasty.
 
 
210 BCE: First Emperor of China Shi Huangdi dies, buried with army of 8,000 terracotta warriors in palace tomb.
 
 
210 BCE - 206 BCE: China rises in rebellion against crumbling Qin Dynasty.
 
 
206 BCE - 9 CE: The Han dynasty rules China from their capital in Chang'an.
 
 
206 BCE - 202 BCE: The Chu Han Contention divides China. Liu-Bang of Han battles Xiang-Yu of Chu for supremacy of rule.
 
 
202 BCE: Liu-Bang of Han establishes the Han Dynasty in China.
 
 
202 BCE: Liu-Bang of Han founds the Han Dynasty in China.
 
 
202 BCE - 220 CE: The Han Dynasty rules in China.
 
 
202 BCE - 220 CE: The Han Dynasty rules in China.
 
 
202 BCE - 220 CE: The Han Dynasty in China.
 
 
202 BCE: Liu Bang is proclaimed emperor of China after defeating the rebel Xiang Yu.
 
 
200 BCE: First contact between China and the Greco-Bactrian descendents of Alexander the Great's army.
 
 
140 BCE - 87 BCE: Han emperor Wu rules and expands Han territory in China.
 
 
138 BCE - 126 BCE: Zhang Qian, as envoy of the Han emperor, opens up the 'Silk Road' trading route between China and central Asia.
 
 
129 BCE: Parthians conquer Mesopotamia. The Silk Road to China is now controlled by the Parthians.
 
 
117 BCE - 100 BCE: Han emperors extend the western part of the Great Wall of China.
 
 
2 CE: Chang’an, the imperial capital of China, had a population of nearly 250 thousand people.
 
 
9 CE - 23 CE: Emperor Wang Mang, known as a reformist, reigns in China, founds Xin Dynasty.
 
 
23 CE: The sack of Chang'an, imperial capital of China.
 
 
25 CE - 220 CE: The Eastern Han dynasty rules China.
 
 
82 CE: Contact between Han China and Yayoi Japan.
 
 
91 CE: The Han dynasty of China invades Mongolia.
 
 
168 CE - 189 CE: Ling is emperor in China.
 
 
184 CE - 192 CE: The 'Yellow Turban' rebellion is quashed by the Han in China.
 
 
184 CE: The Yellow Turban rebellion breaks out when local government offices are attacked across China.
 
 
190 CE: Luoyang, the Han capital in China, is burned.
 
 
208 CE: China is divided into three regional kingdoms.
 
 
215 CE: Cao Cao represses for good the Yellow Turban rebellion in China.
 
 
220 CE: Liu Xie abdicated the throne. Wars between warlords and states continued and China would have to wait about 350 years to be unified again.
 
 
220 CE: Death of the North China military dictator Cao Cao.
 
238 CE: Queen Himiko of Japan sends a tribute delegation to China.
 
303 CE - 365 CE: Life of Wang Xizhi, China's most famous calligrapher.
 
 
304 CE: The nomadic Xiongu break through the Great Wall of China.
 
 
342 CE: Murong Huang invades Korea from China and sacks the Goguryeo capital of Kungnaesong, taking 50,000 inhabitants prisoner.
 
413 CE - 478 CE: Japanese kings send ambassadors and tribute to China.
 
 
494 CE: The first Buddhist caves are carved at Longmen Grottoes, China.
 
 
494 CE: The Northern Wei select Luoyang as their capital in China.
 
 
581 CE - 601 CE: Reign of Wen (aka Wendi), first Sui emperor in China.
 
 
581 CE - 618 CE: Sui Dynasty 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.
 
607 CE: Prince Shotoku of Japan sends the first of many official embassies to Sui China.
 
618 CE - 907 CE: The Tang Dynasty in China.
 
 
618 CE - 626 CE: Reign of Gaozu, 1st Emperor of Tang Dynasty in China.
 
624 CE - 705 CE: Life of Wu Zhao, Empress Wu Zetian of China.
 
 
626 CE - 649 CE: Reign of Emperor Taizong in China.
 
 
628 CE: The Goguryeo kingdom of northern Korea builds a 480-km defensive wall as protection against attack from China.
 
634 CE: Taizong signs peace treaty between Tibet and China.
 
640 CE - 649 CE: Taizong's military campaigns in the Tarim Basin which is annexed to China.
 
 
649 CE - 683 CE: Reign of Emperor Gaozong in China.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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