Ancient China

  • 1600 BCE

    Shang Dynasty

  • 1600 BCE

    King Jie of the Xia Dynasty dies, ending the dynasty

  • 1324 BCE

    Reign of Emperor Wu Ding of the Shang Dynasty

  • 1046 BCE

    Zhou Dynasty begins in China

  • 544 BCE

    Sun Tzu, the author of the Art of War is born

  • 479 BCE

    Life of Confucius

  • 475 BCE

    Warring States Period

  • 342 BCE

    The crossbow is used for the first time in battle

  • 221 BCE

    Qin Dynasty

  • 210 BCE

    The Terracotta Army is buried

  • 202 BCE

    Han Dynasty

    The biggest products in the Han economy were iron, salt, copper work, and silk.The name of the first Han emperor, Gaozu, means "high ancestor." He named his palace Lasting Joy.
  • 202 BCE

    Reign of Lui bang

    Liu Bang rose in rebellion against the Qin Empire in the late Qin Dynasty. He established the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD) that lasted for over 400 years, the longest dynasty in the history of China.
  • 141 BCE

    Reign of Wudi

    Wudi,was his name but his original name Liu Che. Liu Che was probably the 11th son of the Jingdi emperor, the fifth ruler of the Han dynasty.
  • 100 BCE

    AD Invention of paper

    The word paper is derived from the name of the reedy plant papyrus, which grows abundantly along the Nile River in Egypt. Paper making can be traced to about AD 105, when Ts’ai Lun, an official attached to the Imperial court of China, created a sheet of paper using mulberry and other bast fibres along with fishnets, old rags, and hemp waste.
  • 45 BCE

    Reign of Emperor Wang Mang

    Wang Mang was a Chinese statesman and emperor.He attempted many economic and political reforms, all of which failed.