East asia

East Asia

  • 202

    First use of the crossbow

    First use of the crossbow
    The earliest textual evidence of the handheld crossbow used in battle dates to the 4th century BC.[12] Handheld crossbows with complex bronze trigger mechanisms have also been found with the Terracotta Army in the tomb of Qin Shihuang (r. 221–210 BC) that are similar to specimens from the subsequent Han Dynasty (202 BC–220 AD), while crossbowmen described in the Han Dynasty learned drill formations, some were even mounted as cavalry units, and Han Dynasty writers attributed the success of numero
  • 205

    Connection of the Barbarian Walls to create the Great Wall of China

    Connection of the Barbarian Walls to create the Great Wall of China
    The Great Wall, as we know it, is actually a series of several walls built at different times by different emperors. Second Great Wall - built by the Han Dynasty 205-127 BC
    Third Great Wall - built by the Jin Dynasty 1200 AD
    Fourth Great Wall - built by the Ming Dynasty 1367-1644
  • Period: 206 to 221

    Quin Dynasty

  • 213

    Period of the Book Burning policy in China

    Period of the Book Burning policy in China
    Beginning in 213 BCE, at the instigation of Li Si and to avoid scholars' comparisons of his reign with the past, Qin Shi Huang also ordered for most previously existing books to be burned, with the exception of books on astrology, agriculture, medicine, divination, and the history of the Qin state.
  • 221

    Shi Huangdi, First emperor of China

    Shi Huangdi, First emperor of China
    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 (meaning First Emperor).
  • 221

    Burial of the Terra Cotta Army

    Burial of the Terra Cotta Army
    The Terracotta Warriors represent only a small portion of the eight thousand strong underground army buried in front of the Emperor Qinshihuang's tomb (r. 221-207 BC) to defend him in the afterlife.
  • 224

    Completion of the Erya

    Completion of the Erya
    The Erya is the oldest extant Chinese dictionary or Chinese encyclopedia. The major part of its glosses must reasonably date from" the 3rd century BC.
  • Period: 256 to Dec 31, 1045

    Western Zhou Dynasty

  • 476

    The Warring States period

    The Warring States period
    The Warring States Period (simplified Chinese: 战国时代; traditional Chinese: 戰國時代; pinyin: Zhànguó Shídài), also known as the Era of Warring States, covers the period from 476 BCE to the unification of China by the Qin Dynasty in 221 BCE.
  • Period: 481 to Dec 31, 722

    Eastern Zhou

  • 551

    Birth of Confucious

    Birth of Confucious
    traditionally September 28, 551 BCE – 479 BCE
  • Sep 1, 722

    Spring and Autumn Period

    Spring and Autumn Period
    The Spring and Autumn Period (simplified Chinese: 春秋时代; traditional Chinese: 春秋時代; pinyin: Chūnqiū Shídài; Jyutping: ceon1 cau1 si4 doi6) was a period in Chinese history, which roughly corresponds to the first half of the Eastern Zhou dynasty (from the second half of the 8th century BC to the first half of the 5th century BC). Its name comes from the Spring and Autumn Annals, a chronicle of the state of Lu between 722 BC and 481 BC, which tradition associates with Confucius.
  • Apr 1, 1000

    Shi Jing Book of Songs

    Shi Jing Book of Songs
    Shi Jing Book of Songs translated variously as the Classic of Poetry, the Book of Songs or the Book of Odes, is the earliest existing collection of Chinese poems. It comprises 305 poems, some possibly written as early as 1000 BC.
  • Oct 1, 1100

    The development of the Ouija board game

    The development of the Ouija board game
    The first historical mention of something resembling a Ouija board is found in China around 1100 B.C., a divination method known as fuji 扶乩 "planchette writing".
  • Period: Jan 1, 1122 to

    Shang Dynasty

  • Feb 2, 1200

    Death of Lady Hao

    Death of Lady Hao
    Lady Hao was the earliest woman general in China, died in the period of Wuding and was given a name of temple as Xin after her death.
  • Period: to

    Xia Dynasty

  • Battle of Banquan

    Battle of Banquan
    The Battle of Banquan (simplified Chinese: 阪泉之战; traditional Chinese: 阪泉之戰; pinyin: Bǎn Quán Zhī Zhàn) happened in 26th century BC, and is the first battle in Chinese history as recorded by Sima Qian's Records of the Grand Historian. 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. Bo
  • Date of the oldest Silk found in China

    Date of the oldest Silk found in China
    The oldest silk found in China comes from the Chinese Neolithic period and is dated to about 3630 BC, found in Henan province
  • Domestication of Buffalo

    Domestication of Buffalo
    The water buffalo was domesticated around 3000-4000BC, 1000 years before the cat or duck were ever domesticated (3000BC)