Ancient China Dynasties

  • 1600 BCE

    Shang Dynasty

    Shang Dynasty
    Shang Dynasty emerges along the banks of the Huang He
  • 1046 BCE

    Zhou Dynasty

    Zhou Dynasty
    Around 1045 B.C. the Zhou (joh) overthrew the Shang and became China's longest-ruling dynasty, lasting about 800 years. 1046-771 B.C.
  • 471 BCE

    Warring States Period

    Warring States Period
    An era of division in China characterized by warfare, as well as bureaucratic and military reform, lasting from about 471 -221 B.C.
  • 221 BCE

    Qin Dynasty

    Qin Dynasty
    The first dynasty of Imperial China lasting from 221-206 B.C. Named after the Qin state, and was found by Shi Huangdi the first emperor.
  • 206 BCE

    Han Dynasty

    Han Dynasty
    The second imperial period dynasty of China, lasting from 206 B.C. to 220 A.D. I was also known for its promotion of Confucianism as the state religion and the opening of the Silk Road trade route to Europe.