Timeline of Chinese History (A.C.)

  • 147

    Birth of Lokaksema

    Birth of Lokaksema, a Yuezhi monk from Kushan who translated Mahayana Buddhist texts into Chinese.
  • 191

    Battle of Jieqiao

    this battle was a military engagement fought between Yuan Shao and Gongsun Zan
  • 206

    Beginning of Han Dynasty

    (BC)
  • 220

    End of Han Dynasty

    (AD)
  • 220

    End of Eastern Han Dynasty

  • 232

    Death of Cao Zhi

    Death of Cao Zhi
    Death of Cao Zhi, a famous poet, author of the Seven Paces Poem
  • 265

    Beginning of Western Jin Dynasty

  • 317

    End of Western Jin Dynasty

  • 317

    Beginning of Eastern Jin Dynasty

  • 384

    Birth of Aristotle

    Birth of Aristotle
    Birth of a famous philosopher
  • 404

    End of the Pelopennesian War

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  • 411

    Completiong of the Four Gates Pagoda

    Four Gates Pagoda is completed. This structuer is located at the foot of Qinglong Mountain, near Liubu Village, in Licheng District,
  • 420

    End of Eastern Jin Dynasty

  • 581

    Beginning of Sui Dynasty

  • Jan 1, 618

    End of Sui Dynasty

  • Jan 1, 618

    Beginning of Tang Dynasty

  • Jan 1, 621

    Battle of Hulao

    This battle was a decisive victory for Li Shimin
  • Jan 1, 751

    Pepin the Short

    Pepin the Short
    Pepin the Short is annointed king of the Franks
  • Jan 1, 783

    Death of Han Gan

    Death of Han Gan
    Han Gan, a famous chinese painter from the Tang dynasty, dies.
  • Jan 1, 794

    First paddle-wheel ships

    First paddle-wheel ships
    Prince Li Gao has the first Chinese paddle-wheel ships made.
  • Jan 1, 874

    The Huang Chao Revolution

    This revolution really weakened the once mighty Tang Dynasty, which dissolved within a few decades after the rebellion,
  • Jan 1, 884

    Rebellion Crushed

    The Huang Chao Rebellion is crushed by the Tang troops.
  • Jan 1, 907

    End of Tang Dynasty

  • Jan 1, 916

    Beginning of Liao Dynasty

  • Jan 1, 960

    Beginning of Northern Song Dynasty

  • Jan 1, 1041

    Movable Type Printing

    Bi Sheng invents the earliest movable type printing.
  • Jan 1, 1060

    The New Book of Tang

    The compilation of the New Book of Tang, edited by Ouyang Xiu, is presented to the emperor.
  • Jan 1, 1068

    Use of the drydock

    Use of the drydock
    First use of the drydock ( is a narrow basin or vessel that can be flooded to allow a load to be floated in, then drained to allow that load to come to rest on a dry platform) in China
  • Jan 1, 1072

    Early Spring

    Early Spring
    Painter Guo Xi creates the famous painting Early Spring.
  • Jan 1, 1094

    Clock Tower Completed

    Clock Tower Completed
    Clock tower of Su Song is completed in Kaifeng, featuring an escapement mechanism and chain drive
  • Jan 2, 1107

    Death of Mi Fei

    Death of Mi Fei
    Mi Fei was a Chinese painter, poet, and calligrapher from the Song Dynasty.
  • Jan 1, 1115

    Beginning of the Jin Dynasty

  • Apr 1, 1125

    End of Liao Dynasty

  • Jan 1, 1127

    End of Northern Song Dynasty

  • Jan 1, 1234

    End of Jin Dynasty

  • Jan 1, 1271

    Beginning of Yuan Dynasty

  • Jan 1, 1273

    Battle of Xiangyang

    This was a six-year battle between invading Yuan Dynasty armies.
  • Jan 1, 1279

    Battle of Yamen

    This battle is considered to be the last stand of the Song Dynasty against the invading Mongol-controlled Yuan Dynasty. The Yuan navy delivered a crushing victory, over the Song.
  • Jan 1, 1288

    Battle of Bạch Đằng

    A battle between Đại Việt and the invading army of the Yuan Dynasty takes place.
  • Jan 1, 1324

    Publication of Zhongyuan Yinyun

    The rhyme dictionary (a chinese dictionary for poetry and such) Zhongyuan Yinyun is published by Zhou Deqing.
  • Jan 1, 1330

    Pagoda Completed

    Pagoda of Bailin Temple is completed.
  • Jan 1, 1350

    End of the Black Death

    End of the Black Death
    One of the world's worst plagues comes to an end.
  • Jan 1, 1368

    End of Yuan Dynasty

  • Jan 1, 1368

    Beginning of Ming Dynasty

  • Jan 1, 1368

    Battle of Lake Poyang

    One of the largest naval battles, in world history in terms of personnel, takes place.
  • Jan 1, 1378

    Beginning of the Great Schism of the Papacy

  • Jan 1, 1382

    Jinyi Wei

    This secret police organization is established.
  • Jan 1, 1402

    Yongle becomes Emperor

    After a three-year long civil war with his nephew, the Jianwen Emperor, Yongle takes the throne.
  • Jan 1, 1420

    Beijing Declared Capital

    1420 After years of a construction project for a new capital and Forbidden City, the Yongle Emperor declares Beijing the new capital, while Nanjing is demoted.
  • Jan 1, 1427

    Birth of Shen Zhou

    Famous painter Shen Zhou is born.
  • Jan 1, 1453

    End of the Hundred Years War

  • End of Ming Dynasty

  • Beginning of Qing Dynasty

  • End of Qing Dynasty

  • Shuowen Jiezi Dictionary

    The Shuowen Jiezi dictionary, a Chinese dictionary from the Han dynasty, is completed by Xu Shen.
  • Invention of Papermaking

    Invention of Papermaking
    Cai Lun invents the process of making paper (involves cooking, cleaning, beating, papermaking, pressing, and drying.)
  • Invention of the first hydraulic-powered armillary sphere

    Invention of the first hydraulic-powered armillary sphere
    Zhang Heng invents the first hydraulic-powered armillary sphere, given motive power by a waterwheel and incorporating an inflow water clock.