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East Asia Timeline

  • Period: 201 to 301

    Completion of the Eyra

    The Eyra is the oldest chinese dictionary dating back from the 3rd century bc. Its author is unknown, Although it is usually contributed to the Duke of Zhou, Confucius, or his disciples.
  • Period: 206 to 221


    led between 221 and 206 BC. The Qin state was named because its homeland were called "Qin." The Qin's strength had been consolidated by Lord Shang Yang during the Warring States Period, in the 4th century BC. In the early third century BC, the Qin accomplished a series of swift conquests; the state subjugated the Chu, remnants of the Zhou Dynasty, and various other states to gain undisputed control of China.
  • Period: 210 to 221

    First Chinese Emperor

    Shi Huangdi became the first emperor of a unified China in 221 BCE. He ruled until his death in 210 BCE at the age of 50Qin Shi Huang remains a controversial figure in Chinese history. After unifying China, he and his chief adviser Li Si passed a series of major economic and political reforms.He undertook gigantic projects, including the first version of the Great Wall of China.
  • 213

    Period of the Book Burning Policy

    Period of the Book Burning Policy
    after Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China, unified China in 221 BCE, his chancellor Li Si suggested suppressing the freedom of speech, unifying all thoughts and political opinions.Li Ssu proposed that all histories in the imperial archives except those written by the Qin historians be burned; that the Classic of Poetry, the Classic of History, and works by scholars of different schools be handed in to the local authorities for burning.
  • 221

    Connection of the Barbarian Walls to create the Great Wall.

    Connection of the Barbarian Walls to create the Great Wall.
    Intending to impose centralized rule and prevent the resurgence of feudal lords, he ordered the destruction of the wall sections that divided his empire along the former state borders. To protect the empire against intrusions by the Xiongnu people from the north, he ordered the building of a new wall to connect the remaining fortifications along the empire's new northern frontier.
  • 246

    Burial of the Terra Cotta Army.

    Burial of the Terra Cotta Army.
    The Terracotta Army is a form of funerary art buried with the First Emperor of Qin (Qin Shi Huang, "shi huang" means the first emperor) in 210-209 BC. The monument for the emperor was built in 246 with the Terracotta Army. The Terracotta Army is still largley located in the pits of the buirial site.
  • 256

    The Shi Jing Book of Songs.

    The Shi Jing Book of Songs.
    is the earliest existing collection of Chinese poems. It comprises 305 poems, some possibly written as early as 1000 BC. It forms part of the Five Classics.The collection is divided into three parts according to their genre, namely feng, ya and song, with the ya genre further divided into "small" and "large":
  • Period: 256 to Jan 20, 1045

    Eastern Zhou

    followed the Shang Dynasty and was followed by the Qin Dynasty in China. The Zhou dynasty lasted longer than any other dynasty in Chinese history—though the actual political and military control of China by the dynasty only lasted during the Western Zhou. During the Zhou, the use of iron was introduced to China,while this period of Chinese history produced what many consider the zenith of Chinese bronze-ware making.
  • 300

    Domestication of the buffalo

    Domestication of the buffalo
    The Shang Dynasty was probably the first dynasty to tame or demesticate buffalo for uses such as food, clothing, and tools. There is archeological evidence that the domestication started around 3000BC.
  • 450

    First use if the crossbow

    First use if the crossbow
    Bronze crossbow bolts dating as early as mid 5th century BC were found at a State of Chu burial site in Yutaishan.The earliest handheld crossbow stocks with bronze trigger, dating from 6th century bc.
  • 476

    The Warring States Period

    The Warring States Period
    The Warring States Period covers the period from 476 BCE to the unification of China by the Qin Dynasty in 221 BCE. It is nominally considered to be the second part of the Eastern Zhou Dynasty, following the Spring and Autumn Period.
  • 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,Kong the Master, or Teacher,)
  • Period: Jan 20, 770 to Jan 20, 1046

    Western Zhou

    Western Zhou period covered twelve emperors lasting for about 275 years. Wu Wang (1046 BC in power), or King Wu, entered the capital of Shang without fierce resistance. He opened the prisons and set free the prisoners. He also opened the granaries and distriduted the things among the people. The treasures and luxuries found in Zhou Xin's palace were used in rewarding the officers and soldiers of the Zhou army and also distributed among the people.
  • Jan 15, 1100

    Development of the weigi board game.

    Development  of the weigi board game.
    The First Mention of something resmbeling a weigi board was in chiana around 1100 BC, The board was flat and marked with letters, numbers, and other symbols , theorettically could be used to communicate with spirits.
  • Jan 15, 1200

    Death of Lady Hao

    Death of Lady Hao
    Lady Hao died around 1200 BCE, She was one of many wives of King Wu Ding of the Shang Dynasty. As a spiritual leader in the country Lady Hao preformed many religious sacrafices , Which was very unusual at the time for a woman to take on such heavy task such as that.
  • Period: to Jan 20, 722

    Spring and Autumn Period

    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 BCDuring the Spring and Autumn period, China was ruled by a feudal system.
  • Battle of Banquan

    Battle of Banquan
    The Battle of Banquan happened in 26th century BC, and is the first battle in Chinese history. 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.
  • Date of the oldest silk found in China.

    Chinese legend gives the title Goddess of Silk to Lady Hsi-Ling-Shih, wife of the mythical Yellow Emperor, who was said to have ruled China in about 3000 BC. She is credited with the introduction of silkworm rearing and the invention of the loom. Half a silkworm cocoon unearthed in 1927 from the loess soil astride the Yellow River in Shanxi Province, in northern China, has been dated between 2600 and 2300 BC. Another example is a group of ribbons, threads and woven fragments, dated about 3000 BC