Ancient China

By shiloh
  • 220

    The Han dynasty falls

    Over time the Han government became less stable.The Han Dynasty fell because people ignored laws and violence was common.
  • Jan 1, 602

    Begining of the Grand Canal

    Begining of the Grand Canal
    The Grand Canal was started during the Sui dynasty, which lasted from 589 to 618. The Grand Canal linked Northern and Southern China.
  • Jan 1, 655

    Wu Becomes ruler of China

    Wu Becomes ruler of China
    Empress Wu was the first woman to rule China.She ruled with an iron fist.
  • Jan 1, 740

    Woodblock printing

    Woodblock printing
    The Woodblock printer was invented sometime in the Tang dynasty. Printers could copy texts and pictures much faster than they could be copied by hand with the woodblock printer.
  • Jan 1, 744

    Li Bo and Du Fu write poems

    Li Bo and Du Fu write poems
    Li Bo and Du Fu were some of the greatest poets in China. They both wrote poems readers still enjoy today.
  • Jan 1, 1000


    Gunpowder was invented during the late Tang or early Song dynasty. Gunpowder was used to make fireworks,but they didnt use it as a weapon generally.
  • Jan 1, 1050

    Magnetic compass

    Magnetic compass
    Invented no later than the Han dynasty, the compass was greatly improved by the Tang. The new compass allowed sailors and merchants to travel vast distances.
  • Jan 1, 1090

    Movable type

    Movable type
    The Movable type was invented during the Song dynasty. It also made printing texts much faster, just like the Woodblock.
  • Jan 1, 1189

    Neo Confucianism introduced

    Neo Confucianism was introduced during the Song dynasty. Neo Confucianism was like Confucianism except it also emphasized spiritual manners.
  • Jan 1, 1202

    China largest country in the World

    During the Song dynasty, the farmers of China fed a country of 100 million people. At the time China was the largest country in the world.
  • Jan 1, 1227

    Mongols take control of Northern China

    Mongols take control of Northern China
    After Genghis Khan's death in 1227, all of Northern China was under Mongol control. The Mongol conquests did not end with Genghis Khan's death.
  • Jan 1, 1274

    Mongol Army sail to Japan.

    Mongol Army sail to Japan.
    The Mongols decided to invade Japan. Violent storms and fierce defenders destroyed most of the Mongol force.
  • Period: Jan 1, 1279 to Jan 1, 1368

    The Yuan dynasty

    Kublai Khan completed the conquest of China and in 1279 declared himself emperor of China. That time started the Yuan dynasty.
  • Period: Jan 1, 1368 to

    The Ming dynasty

    Zhu Yuanzhang became emperor of China. He founded the Ming dynasty and it lasted for nearly 300 years.
  • Jan 1, 1406

    Forbidden City

    Forbidden City
    The Ming emperors built the Forbidden City.Within the buildings were some 9000 rooms.
  • Jan 1, 1425

    Zheng He sails

    Zheng He sails
    Zheng He was the greatest sailor of his period. Between 1405 and 1433, he led seven grand voyages to places around Asia. Zheng He's fleets were huge.
  • Jan 1, 1430


    China entered a time of isolation around the 1430s. Isolation is a policy of avoiding contact with other countries.
  • Jan 1, 1456

    Restoration of the Great Wall

    Restoration of the Great Wall
    Ming rulers directed the restoration of the famous Great Wall of China. Large numbers of soldiers and peasants worked to rebuild collapsed portions of walls.
  • First printed book

    The first printed book was printed during the Tang dynasty. They also used another invention, the woodblock printing to make this book.
  • Paper Money

    Paper Money
    Paper money was first printed in China around the 900s. The Chinese used paper money for about 700 years, through the Ming dynasty.
  • Porcelain invented

    Porcelain invented
    Porcelain was first invented during the Tang dynasty. Porcelain was a thin beautiful type of pottery.
  • Dragon Backbone pump invented

    Dragon Backbone pump invented
    The Dragon Backbone pump allowed one person to do the work of many when farming. With this light and portable pump, a farmer could scoop up water and pour it into an irrigation canal.
  • Period: to

    The Sui dynasty

    Yang Jian conquered the south,unified China,and created the Sui dynasty. The Sui dynasty didnt last long,only from 589 to 618.
  • Period: to

    The Tang dynasty

    The new dynasty arose in China in 618 when a former Sui official overthrew the old government.The Tang dynasty would rule for nearly 300 years.
  • Period: to Jan 1, 1279

    The Song Dynasty

    The Song dynasty lasted about 300 years. The Song dynasty was a time of great accomplishments.