Ancient china timeline

  • 1600 BCE

    King Jie of the Xia Dynasty dies, ending the dynasty

    He is traditionally regarded as a tyrant and oppressor who brought about the collapse of a dynasty. Around 1600 BC, Jie was defeated by Tang of Shang, bringing an end to the Xia Dynasty that lasted about 500 years, and a rise to the new Shang Dynasty.
  • Period: 1250 BCE to 1192 BCE

    Reign of Emperor Wu Ding of the Shang Dynasty

    Wu Ding (Chinese: 武丁), personal name Zǐ Zhāo, was a king of the Shang dynasty in ancient China, whose reign lasted approximately 1250–1192 BC. According to the traditional chronology, his reign was 1324–1266 BC.
  • 1100 BCE

    Zhou Dynasty begins in China

    The Zhou Dynasty ruled Ancient China from 1045 BC to 256 BC. It was the longest ruling dynasty in the history of China. The land of Zhou was a vassal state of the Shang Dynasty. A powerful leader of the Zhou named Wen Wang began to plan to overthrow the Shang Dynasty.
  • 1066 BCE

    The crossbow is used for the first time in battle

    Crossbows were used at the battle of Hastings in 1066 and by the 12th century they had become common battlefield weapons. The earliest extant European crossbow remains to date were found at Lake Paladru and has been dated to the 11th century.
  • 1046 BCE

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

    Sun Tzu was a Chinese general, military strategist, writer, and philosopher who lived in the Eastern Zhou period of ancient China. Sun Tzu is traditionally credited as the author of The Art of War, an influential work of military strategy that has affected both Western and East Asian philosophy and military thinking. Wikipedia
  • Period: 770 BCE to 481 BCE

    Life of Confucius

    Confucius sentence example. Confucius did not see this, and it was impossible that he should. Confucius , it is recorded, sacrificed to the dead, as if they were present, and to the spirits, as if they were there. We pay cult to Confucius and to the dead to express our respect for them.
  • 476 BCE

    Warring States Period

    The Warring States period was an era in ancient Chinese history characterized by warfare, as well as bureaucratic and military reforms and consolidation.
  • Period: 221 BCE to 206 BCE

    Qin Dynasty

    The Qin Dynasty established the first empire in China, starting with efforts in 230 B.C., during which the Qin leaders engulfed six Zhou Dynasty states. The empire existed only briefly from 221 to 206 B.C., but the Qin Dynasty had a lasting cultural impact on the dynasties that followed.Dec 21, 2017
  • Period: 210 BCE to 1192 BCE

    The Terracotta Army is buried

    (~210 BCE) collection of thousands of life-size clay figures of soldiers, horses, chariots, and other artifacts in Xian, China, buried with Qin Shi Huangdi, China's first emperor.
  • Period: 206 BCE to 220 BCE

    Reign of Wudi

    Wudi, Wade-Giles romanizationWu-ti, original name Liu Che, (born 156 bc—died March 29, 87 bc), posthumous name (shi) of the autocratic Chinese emperor (141–87 bc) who vastly increased the authority of the Han dynasty (206 bc–ad 220) and extended Chinese influence abroad. The Wudi emperor began his reign in 141 bc. .
  • Period: 202 BCE to 220 BCE

    Han Dynasty

    The Emperor Yao is considered by some Confucians to be the model ruler and the ancestor of the Han dynasty. His ideas only found wider acceptance 300 years after his death, when Confucianism was declared a state religion during the Han Dynasty.
  • Period: 202 BCE to 195 BCE

    Reign of Liu Bang

    Emperor Gaozu of Han (256 – 1 June 195 BC), born Liu Bang (Chinese: 劉邦; pinyin: Liú Bāng) with courtesy name Ji (季), was the founder and first emperor of the Han dynasty, reigning in 202–195 BC.
  • 105 BCE

    Invention of paper

    About 2,000 years ago, inventors in China took communication to the next level, crafting cloth sheets to record their drawings and writings. And paper, as we know it today, was born! Paper was first made in Lei-Yang, China by Ts'ai Lun, a Chinese court official.
  • Period: 33 BCE to 23 BCE

    Reign of Emperor Wang Mang

    Retirement during Emperor Ai's reign — Wang Mang (Chinese: 王莽) courtesy name Jujun was the founder and the only emperor of the short-lived .
  • Period: to 1100

    shang dynasty

    The Shang Dynasty is the earliest ruling dynasty of China to be established in recorded history, though other dynasties predated it. The Shang ruled from 1600 to 1046 B.C. and heralded the Bronze Age in China. They were known for their advances in math, astronomy, artwork and military technology.Dec 13, 2017