China Timeline

Search Results

Visual Timeline

To navigate the timeline, click and drag it with your mouse, or click on the timeline overview on the bottom.


6500 BCE 6000 BCE 5500 BCE 5000 BCE 4500 BCE 4000 BCE 3500 BCE 3000 BCE 2500 BCE 2000 BCE 1500 BCE 1000 BCE 500 BCE 0 CE 500 CE  
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 Gungnae, 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.
6500 BCE 5500 BCE 4500 BCE 3500 BCE 2500 BCE 1500 BCE 500 BCE

Timeline Search

Search through the entire ancient history timeline. Specify between which dates you want to search, and what keywords you are looking for.

Remove Ads