This is the start of the very first dynasty of China. Stone tools were used and improved during this dynasty. Agriculture and irrigation systems were innovated also.
1600 BCE - 1050 BCE
The Shang Dynasty represented the start of China's Bronse age. During this time, bronse consumption symbolized wealth and riches.
1046 BCE - 256 BCE
Ruled over China for around 1,000 years. This dynasty ruled in two parts, the earlier Western Zhou and then the Eastern Zhou.
221 BCE - 206 BCE
during the time of the Warring States, Qin was trying to gain dominence over all the other states.
206 BCE - 220 CE
Liu Bang was the first emeror of the Han Dynasty and he created a stable government that was much less harsh than Shi Hangdi's. Then Liu's grandson came to power and made improvements to the Great Wall of China.
Six Dynasties Period
220 CE - 589 CE
This was a rather small dynasty that never gets much recognition in today's society.
581 CE - 618 CE
General Wen Ti made a census to organize what land was who's and arrange taxes and such.
618 CE - 906 CE
China's land area expanded and trade flourished on the Silk Road. Art and poetry were also developed during this dynasty.
Five Dynasties Period
907 CE - 960 CE
China, the ceramic type material, was developed during this time. Ink landscapes were made in terms of art in the dynasty.
960 CE - 1249 CE
This dynasty was advanced in agriculture, iron working, and printing.
1279 CE - 1368 CE
Genghis Khan's son established this dynasty and blue and white porcelain was made.
1368 CE - 1644 CE
Workers built the Forbidden City that was a huge palace that had many artifacts inside it during this time.
1644 CE - 1912 CE
This is the very last Chinese dynasty. Trade with Europe continued and painting developed a unique style for it's time.
1912 CE - 1949 CE
This is the time between the People's Republic of China and the last dynasty.
People's Republic of China
1949 CE - December 19, 2012
This is not really a dynasty, but this is what rules China in the present.
Dynasties inside of dynasties.
Western Zhou Dynasty
1046 BCE - 771 BCE
This was in the Zhou Dynasty and came before the Eastern Zhou.
Eastern Zhou Dynasty
771 BCE - 256 BCE
This is the last part of the Zhou Dynasty after the Western Zhou Dynasty.
Western Han Dynasty
206 BCE - 9 CE
Like the Eastern and Western Zhou Dynasties, the Han Dynasty was split into parts, the Western and Eastern Han Dynasties. This is the first of the two, the Western Han Dynasty.
Eastern Han Dynasty
25 CE - 220 CE
This is the second part of the Han Dynasty.
220 CE - 265 CE
265 CE - 420 CE
Military strength increased and nomadic ethnic groups went to war against the Jin court.
Period of the Northern and Southern Dynasties
386 CE - 589 CE
960 CE - 1127 CE
A part of the Song dynasty.
1127 CE - 1279 CE
The later part of the Song Dynasty.
Events that are important.
Hunting and Fishing
At this time, early Chinese families hunted and fished for food.
Settling By Yellow River
4000 BCE - 2205 BCE
Settlers are living by the Yellow River. This is where ancient China originated.
People Drink Tea
Tea leaves are discovered and made into the delectable drink that Chinese so often drink.
Silk is Discovered and Made
Silk is made with the cocoons of silk worms. The secret to making silk was guarded very closely and the consequence for revealing it was death.
Bronse Weapons and Tools were Made
Bronse is discovered and used for weapons and tools. The use of bronse make the person look wealthy.
Writing in Bamboo Books
Bamboo is used to make paper and can be written in to make books.
Coins are Used
Coins were made and used as a new type of currency for the Chinese to use.
Writings of Lao Zi
Confucius was a great Chinese scholar. His idesa and teachings helped sableize the Chinese government.
Confucius Dies at Age 73
The great scholal dies at the age of 73. Even after his death, Confucius' ideas lived on to help the Chinese for years.
Construction of the Great Wall of China Begins
The Great Wall of China was built because it would offer more protection to the Chinese against the Mongols. The Wall was made mostly with packed down earth and gravel. Later brick was used to stengthen the Wall.
Shi Huangdi Becomes First Emperor
Shi Huangdi was the first emperor of China and sent the order for the Great Wall of China to be built.
Shi Huangdi Outlaws the Ideas of Confucius
Shi thought that he had to control the thoughts of his people so he outlawed the ideas of Confucius.
Shi Huangdi Dies
The first emperor of China dies.
Liu Bang Becomes Emperor
This is during the Han Dynasty. Liu made a strong government that served China well.
Silk Road is used to Trade Goods
The Chinese used this road to trade goods with civilizations in Europe such as Rome and Greese. This road sterached over 4,000 miles.
Wudi Takes Chinese Throne
Wudi was Liu Bang's grandson and was sometimes called the "Warrior Emperor".
Buddhism is Introduced from India
Missionaries bring the religion of Buddhism to the Chinese from India.
The "Warrior Emperor" dies after ruling in the Han Dynasty for more than 50 years.
Sima Qian Dies
Sima Qian was a scholar that wrote history and called it Historical Records.
Paper is Invented
This paper was made from wood pulp and types of string.
Han Dynasty Declared Over
A warlord, Cao Pei, tried to control China through the emperor. he then declared the Han Dynasty over and established another dynasty that lasted about 50 years.
Islamic Religion Introduced
Like Buddhism, the Islamic religion was introduced to China.
Great Wall of China Rebuilt with Stone and Brick
Stone and brick was used to make the Great Wall of China stronger and more durable.
Pu Yi, China's Last Emperor, Leaves the Throne
This was China's last emperor.
People's Republic of China Formed
This is how China is ruled today. Unlike ancient China, this new republic has no emperors.
Terracotta Army Found
An army of small models of warriors was found. These warriors are made of terracotta, a ceramic like substance.