Ancient Chinese History

  • Period: 206 to 221

    Quin Dynasty

    During its reign over China, the Qin Dynasty enjoyed increased trade, agriculture, and military security. This was due to the abolition of landowning lords, to whom peasants had formerly held allegiance. The central government now had direct control of the masses, giving it access to a much larger workforce.
  • Period: 206 to 213

    Period of the Book Burning Policy

    Burning of the books and burial of the scholars (traditional Chinese: simplified Chinese, Fénshū Kēngrú) is a phrase that refers to a policy and a sequence of events in the Qin Dynasty of Ancient China, between the period of 213 and 206 BCE.
  • 210

    Burial of the Terra Cotta Army

    Burial of the Terra Cotta Army
    The burial of the Terra Cotta Army was in 210 BC.
    TerraCotta Army is also known as the eigth wonder. The Terracotta Warriors represent only a small portion of the eight thousand strong underground army buried in front of the Emperor Qinshihuang's tomb.
  • 215

    Connection of the Barbarian Walls to create the Great Wall

    Connection of the Barbarian Walls to create the Great Wall
    The Great Wall of China was built over 2,000 years ago, by Qin Shi Huangdi, the first emperor of China during the Qin (Ch'in) Dynasty (221 B.C - 206 B.C.). In Chinese the wall is called "Wan-Li Qang-Qeng" which means 10,000-Li Long Wall (10,000 Li = about 5,000 km).
  • Period: 221 to Jan 19, 770

    Eastern Zhou Dynasty

    The Eastern Zhou was a dynasty in 770 BC to 221 BC.
    In 771 BC, with the death of King You, the last king of the Western Zhou Dynasty, the Eastern Zhou Dynasty began.
  • Period: 221 to 476

    Warring States Period

    The period of the Warring States (Zhanguo or Chan-Kuo) refers to the era of about 475 BCE to 221 BCE. It commenced at a time of when the numerous petty city-state kingdoms of the Spring and Autumn period had been consolidated into seven major contenders and a few minor enclaves.
  • Period: 221 to 246

    First Chinese Emperor

    A ruler from the western state of Qin united and subjugated the Warring States and formed China in 221 B.C. He declared himself the first emperor of China and named himself Shi Huangdi.
  • 341

    First Use of the Crossbow

    First Use of the Crossbow
    The earliest reference to crossbow use was in the Battle of Ma-Ling, in Lingyi, China in 341 BC. It was widely used in China for hundreds of years after that, being a primary weapon in battle. Many Chinese Emperors were found surrounded by soldiers armed with crossbows.
  • 551

    Birth of Confucius

    Birth of Confucius
    Confucius, the great Chinese sage, was born June 19th, 551 B.C. at Shang-ping, in the country of Lu. His own name was Kong, but his disciples called him Kong-fu-tse,Which the Jesuit missionaries Latinized into Confucius.
  • Period: Jan 19, 771 to Jan 19, 1100

    Western Zhou Dynasty

    Pottery Waterpipe, Building Material Lasting from the 11th century BC to 771 BC, the Western Zhou Dynasty was established by King Wu. The capital city was set in Haojing (now in the southern part of Xian, Shaanxi Province). This dynasty included the reigns of 13 emperors and played a very important role in Chinese history.
  • Jan 19, 1000

    Shi Hing Book of Songs

    Shi Hing Book of Songs
    The Shi Hing Book of Songs was created in 1000 BC.
    The earliest collection of Chinese poems. It comprises 350 poems,
  • Jan 1, 1100

    Development of the Ouja Board

    Development of the Ouja Board
    The development of the Ouiji board was in 1100 B.C. The Ouija board is an alphabet board with a pointer used for various forms of spirit contact. The Ouija board dates back to ancient times. In China before the birth of Confucius, similar instruments were used to communicate with the dead.
  • Period: Jan 19, 1123 to

    Shang Dynasty

    In history according to the Chinese, the Shang dynasty began when T'ang, a man of great virtue and wisdom, overthrew the decadent emperor Chieh, the last of the Hsia dynasty. Like the previous dynasty, the Shang eventually declined and ended with the ignominious rule of the last Shang king, Chou; he was overthrown by King Wen and his son Wu who began the third dynasty of China, the Chou.
  • Jan 19, 1200

    Death of Lady Hao

    Death of Lady Hao
    The death of Lady Hao was in 1200 BC. Lady Hao was a warrior and a general, the third wife of the last Shang Dynasty Emperor. Her burial at Anyang in lavish and includes 750 examples of jades, mirrors with geometric designs, bronze and ivory. It also contains human and animal sacrifices.
  • Period: to

    Xia Dynasty

    The establishment of the Xia Dynasty (21st - 17th century BC) is an important milestone in the history of Chinese civilization and marks the end of the Primitive Society and the beginning of the Class Society. It is the first dynasty in Chinese history, and lasted nearly 500 years including the reigns of 17 emperors.
  • Period: to Jan 20, 772

    Spring and Autumn Period

    The spring and autumn period started in 722 BC and ended in 481 BC. After the capital was sacked by barbarians from the west, the Zhou moved east, this neatly dividing the Zhou dynasty into eastern and western periods.
  • Completion of Eyra

    Completion of Eyra
    The Erya was completed in 2300 BC. it was the first and oldest Dictionary in chinese history.
  • Domestication of Buffalo

    Domestication of Buffalo
    The domestication of Buffalo began in 2500 BC . Most species of the present farm and pet animals were domesticated before the beginning of written history. Paleolithic man started gathering food by hunting wild animals, mostly herbivorous, because these species were grazers and browsers due to which it was easier to kill them. This process gradually changed to taming and then domestication.
  • Battle of Banquan

    Battle of Banquan
    The battle of Banquan was in 2500 BC. It was fought by Huangdi, the Yellow Emperor, and Yandi, the Flame Emperor. The Battle of Banquan may actually only refer to the third of a series of three battles. Huangdi, the Yellow Emperor, shortly afterwards fought Ciyou, or Chi You, at the Battle of Zhuolu.
  • Date of the Oldest silk found in China

    Date of the Oldest silk found in China
    It is well known that silk is discovered in China as one of the best materials for clothing - it has a look and feeling of richness that no other materials can match.