• 206


    A compass is important for finding direction. It is made from the magnetism from the earth.
  • 221

    Qin Shi Huangdi becomes emporor

    Qin Shi Huangdi becomes emporor
    China's first emperor is unified in 221 B.C.
  • 231

    Han Xin

    Han Xin
    Han Xin (c. 231-196 BC), was an outstanding military general, strategist, and theory master. He contributed heavily to founding the Han dynasty.
  • 232

    Xiang Yu

    Xiang Yu
    232 B.C. Xiang Yu, born in Xiaxiang, was a prominent military commander and politician during the late Qin Dynasty period. As a leader of the famous Huiji Rebellion against the Qin Empire, he is the epitome of bravery in Chinese military history
  • 300

    Folding Unbrella

    Folding Unbrella
    300 B.C. The unbrella is used to block rain, snow, etc.
  • 316

    Sun Bin

    Sun Bin
    316 B.C. Sun Bin, a descendant of Sun Tzu, also known as Sun Boling, was a military strategist who lived in the State of Qi during the Warring States Period in Chinese history. Sun was tutored in military strategy with another student, Pang Juan. They became good friends, but Pang was secretly jealous of Sun, because he perceived that Sun Bin was more talented and had learned more about military strategy from their teacher than he did.
  • 440

    Wu Qui

    Wu Qui
    440 B.C. Wu Qi was a renowned Chinese military leader, and politician. Skilled in army commanding and military strategy, Wu served the states of Lu and Wei in succession. In the State of Wei, he directed many great battles and became Xihe Shou.
  • 500


    Earliest evidence of Chinese crossbows date back to 5th century china. This advanced form of weaponry fended off many attackers.
  • 500


    The kite is made to catch on air and fly for entertainment. It was also used to test experiements by attaching something to kite and sending up into the sky.
  • 535

    Sun Wu

    Sun Wu
    535 B.B. Sun Wu with the style name of Changqing, better known as Sun Tzu or Sunzi, was a famed ancient Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher.
  • 551


    Born 551 B.C. Confucius was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history.
  • Jan 1, 700


    Rectangular prisms that have numbers represented by little dots. They can be used to play a game or to make contraptions.
  • Mar 26, 1046

    Zhou Dynasty

    Zhou Dynasty
    From 1046-256 BC, the Zhou dynasty is the longest dynasty in chinese history. This dynasty introduced the use of iron to China.
  • Mar 26, 1103

    Yue Fei

    Yue Fei
    Yue Fei (1103-1142), was a famous military general in Chinese history who fought for the Southern Song Dynasty against the Nvzhen armies of the Kin Empire.
  • Mar 26, 1271

    The Yuan Dynasty

    The Yuan Dynasty
    From 1271-1368 the Great Yuan Dynasty ruled China. This was the first dynasty to rule china that was made by foreigners. The mongols founded this dynasty.
  • Jan 1, 1300

    Ming Dynasty

    Ming Dynasty
    During this dynasty painting, calligraphy, pottery, and other arts flourish.
  • Jan 1, 1371

    Zheng He

    Zheng He
    Born 1371. Zheng was an explorer, diplomat, and fleet admiral during China's early Ming Dynasty.
  • Jan 1, 1518

    Li Shizhen

    Li Shizhen
    Liz Shezhen was a great medical and pharmaceutical expert.
  • Mar 26, 1528

    Qi Jiguang

    Qi Jiguang
    1528-1588, Qi Jiguang was a Chinese military general and national hero during the Ming Dynasty
  • Yuan Chonghuan

    Yuan Chonghuan
    Lived from 1584-1630, Yuan Chonghuan was a famous politician and military commander in the late Ming Dynasty.
  • Shang Dynasty

    Shang Dynasty
    1600 B.C. The first ever recorded dynasty. Masters in the production of bronze.
  • Qing Dynasty

    Qing Dynasty
    Ruling from 1644-1912 the Qing dynasty was the last of the imperial china dynasties. This dynasty is what formed modern china.
  • Opium Wars

    Opium Wars
    China and western nations battle over trade issues.
  • Chen Duxiu

    Chen Duxiu (1879-1942) was one of the cofounders of the Communist Party of China in 1921.
  • Mao Zedong

    Mao Zedong
    Mao Zedong (1893-1976) was a strong leader in China during WWII and he eventually went on to help create the People's Republic of China.
  • Japan invades Manchuria

    Japan invades Manchuria
    Japan invades the province of Manchuria. After Japan is defeated in World War II, civil war breaks out in China.
  • People's Republic of China

    People's Republic of China
    Mao Zedong establishes the people's republic of china.
  • Mao's economic plan fails

    Mao's economic plan fails
    Mao's plan to change china's economy and farming system fails. Millions of people die from starvation.
  • First U.S. President to visit China

    First U.S. President to visit China
    Richard Nixon becomes the first U.S. president to visit communist China.
  • Students Protest in Beijing

    Students Protest in Beijing
    About 1 million students hold pro-democracy protests in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. The uprising is crushed by the army.
  • Bell

    First made in 2000 B.C. They are important for generating a metalic sound.
  • Tea

    The first tea known was in 2nd millenium BC China and was being produced for medicinal and herbal purposes
  • Yao Ming

    Yao Ming
    7'5" center who was the first overall pick of the 2002 NBA Draft; named an NBA All-Star during all 8 of his seasons in the league, spent exclusively with the Houston Rockets; forced to retire in 2011 after numerous foot and ankle injuries.
  • Jet Li

    Jet Li
    Wushu martial arts champion and actor who won the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor for the 2007 film, The Warlords
  • Rowing Oar

    Rowing Oar
    First made in 5000 B.C. Its used to travel in a boat to help propel the boat in a certain direction.
  • Goldfish

    In ancient china, people domesticated Asian Carp for food and pets, but eventually around 246 CE the carp mutated and became red and orange.
  • Gunpowder

    Earliest examples of gunpowder were in China from 618-907. This invention helped China win many fights due to its advanced technology.
  • Paper

    Paper is important because it is used as a way to communicate. You can write on it and send it across large distances so you don't have to travel all the way to a person. It can also be used to draw and paint on.
  • Playing Cards

    Playing Cards
    The first evidence of playing cards was in 9th century China. This new game gave people a new pastime.
  • Toilet paper

    Toilet paper
    First found in 589 AD , this appliance helped out in the bathroom a lot.
  • Sui Dynasty

    Sui Dynasty
    From 581-618 AD this was a short lived dynasty. It unified north and south china for the first time in a long time.
  • Tang Dynasty

    Tang Dynasty
    From 618-907 AD, the Tang Dynasty ruled China. THis dynasty was considered the golden age for china, and it was a great cosmopolitan of riches and wealth.
  • The Liao Dynasty

    The Liao Dynasty
    From 907-1125 the Liao dynasty, or Khitan Empire, ruled China and most of Asia. This new dynasty immediately began expanding its power after it came to rule.
  • Guo Ziyi

    Guo Ziyi
    Guo Ziyi (697-781), was a chinese famous military general during the Tang Dynasty.
  • Li Guang

    Li Guang
    Li Guang (?-119 BC), was a famous military general who was known for fighting the Xiongnu in the northern Han territory.
  • Noodle

    Chinese noodles have been found that date back to 2400-1900 B.C. and were made with millet instead of flour and were all made by hand rather than by a machine like today. Noodles are a very traditional part of Chiinese history and culture.
  • Silk

    3300 B.C. The chinese used it to make clothing to wear. Silk is very soft and comfortable.
  • Pottery Steamer

    Pottery Steamer
    First made in 5000 B.C. It is used to cook pottery or vessels.