Chinese History Timeline


Shang Dynasty

Approx. 1600 BCE - 1046 BCE

During the Shang dynasty, China was very stable so advances in things like industrialised bronze casting, keeping track of dates, religious rituals and writing were made.

Zhou Dynasty

Approx. 1046 BCE - Approx. 246 BCE

During the Zhou Dynasty, art and intellectualism flourished. The end of the Zhou Dynasty was considered the time of intellectual and artistic awakening. Chinese culture was influenced a lot by Laozi, Confucius, Mencius and Mozi who all lived during the Zhou Dynasty. The Zhou Dynasty was the longest lasting dynasty throughout Chinese history.

Qin Dynasty

221 BCE - 206 BCE

Qin Shi Huang, commonly known as the first emperor, unifies China under one ruler and, as well as connecting the warring states walls to form the great wall of china, Qin Shi Huang demolishes wall between Chinese states.

Han Dynasty

206 BCE - 220 CE

The Han Dynasty was considered a golden age in Chinese history, this was especially true in the area of arts, politics and technology. Due to the Han Dynasties success following dynasties looked back on as an inspiring example of a good kingdom.




Warring States Build Walls

770 BCE - 221 BCE

The warring states build walls to protect themselves from other states that might attack.

Great Wall Construction

221 BCE - 220 CE

During the Qing dynasty the walls buit by the warring states are joined to protect China from the north. During the Han dynasty the wall is extended to protect the silk road trade route.

The Silk Road Built

206 BCE - 220 CE

The Silk Road was used to transport silk and other things to trade to neighbouring kingdoms in places like India.

Chinese Invent Paper

Approx. 100 BCE