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History of China
History of China
Neolithic c. 8500 – c. 2100 BCE
Xia dynasty c. 2100 – c. 1600 BCE
Shang dynasty c. 1600 – c. 1046 BCE
Zhou dynasty c. 1045 – 256 BCE
 Western Zhou
 Eastern Zhou
   Spring and Autumn
   Warring States
Qin dynasty 221–206 BCE
Han dynasty 206 BCE – 220 CE
  Western Han
  Xin dynasty
  Eastern Han
Three Kingdoms 220–280
  Wei, Shu and Wu
Jin dynasty 265–420
  Western Jin
  Eastern Jin Sixteen Kingdoms
Southern and Northern Dynasties
Sui dynasty 581–618
Tang dynasty 618–907
  (Wu Zhou interregnum 690–705)
Five Dynasties and
Ten Kingdoms

Liao dynasty
Song dynasty
  Northern Song W. Xia
  Southern Song Jin
Yuan dynasty 1271–1368
Ming dynasty 1368–1644
Qing dynasty 1644–1911
Republic of China 1912–1949
People's Republic
of China

Republic of
China on Taiwan


The following is a timeline of the history of China. Between the changing of the dynasties, most dates overlap as ruling periods do not transfer immediately. Even in the simplest case the last year of one dynasty is the first year of the next dynasty, which amounts to counting that year twice, in terms of the arithmetic process used in the Gregorian calendar. The overlap could grow to many years in the case of dynasties in which the actual founder's father was posthumously declared as the official founder and the official founding date altered accordingly, despite the concurrent existence of the previous dynasty; for example, King Wen of Zhou and Cao Cao. Dates prior to 841 BCE (beginning of the Gonghe Regency) are provisional and subject to dispute.

Prehistoric China[edit]

Date Events
680,000-780,000 BC Peking Man of Zhoukoudian (est.)
20-19,000 BCE Last evidence of creation and use of pottery found in Xianren Cave in Jiangxi province.[1]
7600 BCE Zhenpiyan culture Archaeological evidence of the first domestication of pigs[2]
7500 BCE Pengtoushan culture Evidence of rice domestication
7000 BCE Peiligang culture
6600 BCE Jiahu script: Evidence of use of written symbols or possibly an early form of writing
6000 BCE Cishan culture First archaeological evidence of domestication of dogs and chickens.[2]
5000 BCE Baijia culture First archaeological evidence of domestication of oxen and sheep.[2]
4500 BCE Approximate end of Hemudu culture.
4000 BCE Banpo script; scholars still debate if it is actual writing or not.
3630 BCE Approximate date of the oldest discovered silk in China, found by archaeologists in what is now Henan province in what was the late Yangshao period.
3000 BCE Longshan culture During the Longshan Neolithic period, the buffaloes are domesticated for the first time in China, and the plow may have been used.
2570 BCE Approximate date for the silk and other items found at the Liangzhu culture site at Qianshanyang in Wuxing District, Zhejiang; silk items found there included a braided silk belt, silk threads, and woven silk.

Ancient China[edit]

Three Sovereigns and Five Emperors[edit]

Date Ruler Events Other people/events
2852 BCE Fuxi This period is part of Chinese mythology
2737 BCE Yan Emperor
2698 BCE Yellow Emperor The Battle of Banquan, the first battle in Chinese history and the Battle of Zhuolu, the second battle in Chinese history, fought by the Yellow Emperor.
2650 BCE Legend of Cangjie, the inventor of Chinese characters
2597 BCE Shaohao
2514 BCE Zhuanxu
2436 BCE Ku
2361 BCE Zhi Supposed first Chinese contact with Văn Lang (modern Vietnam).[3]
2358 BCE Yao Yao ordered Gun to tame the flooding of the rivers.
2255 BCE Shun Gun failed in taming the flood and was executed on Shun's order.
2205 BCE Yu the Great tames the flood (est.)

Xia dynasty[edit]

Date Ruler Events Other people/events
2194 BCE Yu Nine Tripod Cauldrons Bronze Age in China
2146 BCE Qi
2117 BCE Tai Kang Erlitou culture
2088 BCE Zhong Kang
2075 BCE Xiang
2047 BCE Hou Yi Hou Yi expelled Xiang from Xia and arrogated the crown to himself
2039 BCE Han Zhuo Han Zhuo killed Hou Yi and took his place
2007 BCE Shao Kang Shao Kang executed Han Zhuo and restored the kingdom lost by his father, Xiang
1985 BCE Zhu
1968 BCE Huai
1924 BCE Mang
1906 BCE Xie
1890 BCE Bu Jiang
1831 BCE Jiong
1810 BCE Jin
1789 BCE Kong Jia
1758 BCE Gao
1747 BCE Fa Mount Tai earthquake (est.)
1728 BCE Jie Defeat at the Battle of Mingtiao

Shang dynasty[edit]

Date Ruler Events Other people/events
1675 BC Tang Fall of the Xia dynasty at the Battle of Mingtiao
1646 BCE Tai Ding Da Ding died before his coronation
1646 BCE Tai Jia
1634 BCE Bu Bing
1632 BCE Tai Geng
1607 BCE Xiao Jia
1590 BCE Tai Wu
1515 BCE Yong Ji
1503 BCE Zhong Ding
1492 BCE Wai Ren
1477 BCE He Dan Jia
1465 BCE Zu Yi
1440 BCE Zu Xin
1425 BCE Wo Jia
1400 BCE Zu Ding Discovery of Erligang culture dating from around 1400 BCE
1365 BCE Nan Geng
1330 BCE Yang Jia
1290 BCE Pan Geng Around this time, the capital is moved from Zhengzhou to Yinxu.
1263 BCE Xiao Xin
1260 BCE Xiao Yi
1250 BCE Wu Ding Earliest surviving written records (oracle bones) from this period Around this time, the militant consort Fu Hao is buried in her tomb at Yinxu.
1192 BCE Zu Geng
1185 BCE Zu Jia
1166 BCE Lin Xin
1160 BCE Geng Ding
1147 BCE Wu Yi The Zhou dynasty is founded as a vassal state of the Shang regime in 1122 BCE.
1112 BCE Wen Ding
1101 BCE Di Yi
1075 BCE Zhou
1050 BCE Ji Chang dies, making this the alleged latest date for the creation of the mathematical King Wen sequence.
1047 BCE King Zhou takes Daji as his concubine.
1046 BCE Battle of Muye between Shang and Zhou forces; King Zhou allegedly dies while his palace burns to the ground.

Western Zhou dynasty[edit]

Date Ruler Events Other people/events
1034 BCE King Wu Bronze script in greater use.
103? BCE King Cheng
1026 BCE
1020 BCE King Kang
1000 BCE Earliest possible date for the compilation of the Book of Songs
995 BCE King Zhao
976 BCE King Mu During the 12th year of King Mu's reign, Zhou forces attacked and defeated some branches of the Rong people, allowing for territorial expansion of Zhou. King Mu's critics, including the Duke of Zhai (as recorded in a later 4th century BCE discourse of the Biography of King Mu), stated that Mu's expeditions to displace the Rong people were unjustified, as they kept to their own lands and hence abided by their station in the cosmological-political order with China at the center.
922 BCE King Gong
899 BCE King Yi
891 BCE King Xiao
885 BCE King Yi When the nomadic Rong people of Taiyuan staged an attack on the Zhou capital at Haojing (present-day Xi'an), King Yi called upon the aid of his nobles, a significant event which demarcated the beginning of the Zhou monarchs' dependence on their regional nobles to defend the kingdom. Under the command of Guo Gong, the Zhou were able to defeat the Rong people in a significant battle c. 854 BCE, reportedly capturing about a thousand horses.
877 BCE King Li During Li's reign, the Western Rong people launched an invasion deep into Chinese territory before being pushed out.
841 BCE Gonghe Regency First year of concise, consecutive court dating at the beginning of the Gonghe Regency.
827 BCE King Xuan
781 BCE King You
771 BCE After King You had replaced Queen Shen with a favored concubine Baosi, the queen's father, the Marquis of Shen, allied with the Quanrong nomadic tribe to sack the capital. Queen Shen's son, Ji Yijiu, was then put on the throne, initiating the Eastern Zhou dynasty.

Eastern Zhou dynasty[edit]

Date Ruler Events Other people/events
770 BCE King Ping
722 BCE Start of the Spring and Autumn period. The Lu state begins the chronicle of the Spring and Autumn Annals. The Zhou capital is moved from Haojing (present-day Xi'an) to Luoyang.
720 BCE King Huan
707 BCE King Huan led a campaign against Duke Zhuang of Zheng after the latter refused to appear in the capital, angered that King Huan had dismissed him from his old post as Left Advisor at court. King Huan was allegedly shamed when he was injured in the shoulder by an arrow in an ensuing battle. Duke Zhuang continued to rule the Zheng state until his death in 701 BCE.
697 BCE King Zhuang
685 BCE Duke Huan of Qi began his reign over the Qi state in this year, and was the first of the Five Hegemons who assumed great autonomy from the Zhou monarch, the latter of whom became more or less a figurehead during the Eastern Zhou dynasty.
682 BCE King Xi
677 BCE King Hui
651 BCE King Xiang
645 BCE Death of Guan Zhong, the chancellor of the Qi state who was appointed by Duke Huan as recommended by Bao Shuya. Guan Zhong initiated centralizing administrative and economic reforms that, for a time, made Qi the most successful and developed state in ancient China.
632 BCE Battle of Chengpu
618 BCE King Qing
612 BCE King Kuang
606 BCE King Ding Sunshu Ao, China's first known hydraulic engineer.
595 BCE Battle of Bi
585 BCE King Jian
575 BCE Battle of Yanling
571 BCE King Ling
551 BCE Laozi, Confucius
548 BCE Oldest known reference to the board game weiqi (known as go in Japanese).
544 BCE King Jing Four occupations (est.)
543 BCE Guided by the aristocratic statesman Zi Chan, the Zheng state creates a formal code of law.
520 BCE King Dao
515 BCE King Jing King Liao of Wu is assassinated by Zhuan Zhu, allowing King Helü of Wu to ascend to the throne of the Wu state.
506 BCE Battle of Boju
500 BCE Approximate date for the invention of cast iron in China and the earliest possible date for the invention of the iron plough, which by the 3rd century BCE, with better casting techniques, would become the heavy moldboard iron plough. Approximate date for the first use of bronze knife money.
486 BCE King Fuchai of Wu built the Han Canal, a proto-section of the Grand Canal of China
484 BCe Death of Wu Zixu, an official of the Wu state and advisor to King Helü.
482 BCE King Goujian of Yue captures the Wu state capital in a surprise assault while King Fuchai was away at Huangchi.
481 BCE End of the Spring and Autumn period.
475 BCE King Yuan
474 BCE The Wu state is annexed by the Yue state.
470 BCE Birth of Mozi
468 BCE King Zhending
465 BCE Death of King Goujian of Yue; his sword was later found in an archaeological site in Hubei in the 1960s.
441 BCE King Ai and King Si
440 BCE King Kao
432 BCE Tomb of Marquis Yi of Zeng
425 BCE King Weilie
403 BCE The Jin state is partitioned, marking the beginning of the Warring States period. Meanwhile, Marquis Wen of Wei ascends to power, sponsoring Confucianism in the Wei state, and employing able advisors such as the Legalist Li Kui, the military strategist Wu Qi and the hydraulic engineer Ximen Bao.
401 BCE King An
400 BCE Astronomers Gan De and Shi Shen
Star catalogue compilation (est.)
Earliest date for the creation of the earliest known maps made in China, from the Qin state.
389 BCE Latest possible date for the Zuo Zhuan historical text.
386 BCE The city of Handan is founded, serving as the capital for the Zhao state.
381 BCE Wu Qi is assassinated at the funeral of King Diao of Chu; his book, Wuzi, is considered to be one of the Seven Military Classics.
375 BCE King Lie The Zheng state is annexed by the Han state.
370 BCE Zhuangzi is born around this time.
368 BCE King Xian
354 BCE Battle of Guiling
350 BCE Earliest proposed date for the Guodian Chu Slips, containing the oldest known version of the Daodejing, parts of the Book of History, and a chapter from the Book of Rites
342 BCE Battle of Maling Crossbow used in China.
320 BCE King Shenjing
319 BCE Mencius becomes an official in the Qi state
316 BCE Death of Sun Bin
314 BCE King Nan
310 BCE Birth of Xunzi
307 BCE Imitating the northern nomadic armies, King Wuling of Zhao reforms the Zhao state's military by adopting formal cavalry ranks over charioteers and importing the trouser-pants style of the nomads for soldiers.
305 BCE Birth of Zou Yan, whose school of thought would for the first time systematically combine the two premodern theories of yin and yang and the Five Elements.
300 BCE Erya, China's oldest known dictionary
293 BCE Battle of Yique
278 BCE Qu Yuan writes the poem Lament for Ying and commits suicide after the Chu state's capital, Ying, falls to the Qin state.
260 BCE Battle of Changping
256 BCE King Nan dies. Zhou territory is annexed by the Qin state. Dujiangyan Irrigation System
250 BCE The repeating crossbow is featured in drawings from the records of the Chu state.
246 BCE The Zhengguo Canal is completed by Zheng Guo of the Qin state.

Imperial China[edit]

Qin dynasty[edit]

Date Emperor Events Other people/events
361 BCE Duke Xiao
356 BCE Shang Yang initiates a reform movement in the Qin state, which is outlined in the Book of Lord Shang.
338 BCE King Huiwen Shang Yang is executed. The rulers of the Qin state begin adopting the title of "King" instead of "Duke".
316 BCE The states of Shu and Ba are conquered by the Qin state
311 BCE King Wu
306 BCE King Zhaoxiang
293 BCE Battle of Yique
255 BCE Emergence of the Seven Warring States
250 BCE King Xiaowen
249 BCE King Zhuangxiang
246 BCE Ying Zheng
(as King of Qin)
Ying Zheng becomes the king of Qin
230 BCE Qin's wars of unification begin. The Han state is conquered by the Qin state
227 BCE Jing Ke fails to assassinate Ying Zheng.
223 BCE The Chu state is conquered by the Qin state
222 BCE The Yan and Zhao states are conquered by the Qin state.
221 BCE First Emperor
The Qin state unifies China under the Qin dynasty with a powerful central government, marking the end of the Warring States period. Ying Zheng proclaims himself "Qin Shi Huang" (means "First Emperor of Qin"). Imperial Seal of China
220 BCE Construction of the Great Wall of China begins Chancellor Li Si standardizes the writing system with Small Seal Script characters.
214 BCE The Lingqu Canal is engineered by Shi Lu, and is the oldest contour canal (i.e. follows a contour line) in the world
213 BCE Burning of books and burying of scholars
210 BCE Burial of the Terracotta Army, featuring over 8,000 terracotta statues and the earliest known umbrellas in China.
209 BCE Second Emperor Chieftain Modu Chanyu establishes the Xiongnu empire on the northern steppe. Military officers Chen Sheng and Wu Guang rebel against the Qin dynasty after fear of execution for delay of arriving at a post with newly drafted conscripts; their small revolt initiates a gradual but massive and uncoordinated revolt on several fronts against Qin authority.
208 BCE Zhao Gao has the chancellor Li Si executed, destabilizing Qin as the rebellions of Xiang Yu and others become widespread. The Qin army led by Zhang Han defeats Chen Sheng and Wu Guang's rebel force.
207 BCE Ziying Battle of Julu. Liu Bang's rebel force enters Guanzhong, the heartland of Qin. The last Qin ruler, Ziying, kills Zhao Gao and surrenders to Liu Bang. The Nanyue state is established in present-day Vietnam by the Qin general Zhao Tuo.
206 BCE In the first month of 206 BCE, after Liu Bang occupied the Qin capital Xianyang, Xiang Yu's rebel force arrives at the city and plunders it, destroying the Epang Palace by fire and killing Ziying and members of the Qin imperial family. Although Ziying had already surrendered to Liu Bang in the last month of 207 BCE, this event is viewed by historians as the final event of the Qin dynasty.

Western Han dynasty[edit]

Date Emperor Events Other people/events
206 BCE Start of the Chu–Han Contention, a civil war between the forces of Liu Bang and Xiang Yu after the fall of the Qin dynasty. Feast at Hong Gate
205 BCE Battle of Jingxing
202 BCE Emperor Gaozu Battle of Gaixia
200 BCE Battle of Baideng Sometime in the 2nd century BCE, the multi-tube seed drill is invented and increases agricultural yields as seeds are carefully planted in rows instead of being cast out onto the crop field.
193 BCE Death of Xiao He, the first chancellor of the Han dynasty.
195 BCE
190 BCE Emperor Hui Chang'an becomes the eastern terminus of the Silk Road connecting to Europe.
189 BCE Death of Zhang Liang, a key advisor to Emperor Gaozu.
180 BCE Emperor Wen Rule of Wen and Jing Lü Clan Disturbance
168 BCE Mawangdui Silk Texts are interred at the tombs of Mawangdui, containing some of the oldest known textual versions of the I Ching.
157 BCE Emperor Jing
141 BCE Emperor Wu
140 BCE Persuaded by Dong Zhongshu's essay in a literary competition, Emperor Wu, or his chancellor Wei Wan, adopts Confucianism.
139 BCE Under the patronage of the prince Liu An, the scholars known as the Eight Immortals of Huainan publish the Huainanzi, a philosophical text that also covered subjects of military strategy as well as geography and cartography.
135 BCE Han–Minyue War Southward expansion of the Han dynasty
133 BCE Han–Xiongnu War Battle of Mayi
130 BCE Sino-Roman relations
125 BCE Zhang Qian returns to the Han Empire to report on his travels and the kingdoms of Dayuan (Fergana), Kangju (Sogdia), Daxia (Greco-Bactrian Kingdom), Shendu (Indo-Greek Kingdom), Anxi (Parthia), and Taozhi (Mesopotamia).
119 BCE Battle of Mobei
111 BCE Han–Dongyue War Han–Nanyue War
109 BCE Han–Dian War
108 BCE Battle of Loulan Wiman Joseon in modern Korea falls to Han forces.
102 BCE Emperor Wu's forces besiege Kokand in the Fergana Valley
100 BCE Steel is used in China.
91 BCE Sima Qian completes the Records of the Grand Historian, a groundbreaking work in Chinese historiography.
87 BCE Emperor Zhao
86 BCE Death of Jin Midi, an official of Xiongnu ethnicity who became a regent of the Han dynasty during the early reign of Emperor Zhao.
74 BCE Emperor Xuan
67 BCE Battle of Jushi
60 BCE Protectorate of the Western Regions is established.
48 BCE Emperor Yuan Consort Ban, a female poet, is born around this time.
40 BCE The Ji Jiu Pian dictionary records China's first known use of the treadle-operated tilt hammer, while the later book Xinlun by Huan Tan described the first hydraulic-powered trip hammer which would have been operated by a waterwheel.
37 BCE Death of Jing Fang, who was the first in music theory to note that 53 perfect fifths approximates 31 octaves. Like the later Zhang Heng, he was also a proponent of the radiating influence theory, which stated that the light of the moon was merely the reflected light of the sun.
36 BCE Battle of Zhizhi
30 BCE First mention of the wheelbarrow in history.
18 BCE Biographies of Exemplary Women, a book about exemplary women in Chinese history, is compiled by the scholar Liu Xiang.
32 BCE Emperor Cheng
6 BCE Emperor Ai
1 BCE Emperor Ping
1 Sometime from this year until the end of the century, the earliest representation of a stern-mounted rudder for steering ships is made in China, on a tomb model of a sailing junk.
2 Han government census counts 59 million people in the empire.
3 Emperor Ping establishes a nationwide school system on the central, prefectural, and county levels.
6 Ruzi Ying
8 Liu Xin completes his star catalogue of 1080 stars, as well as fixing the year at 365.25016 days long (11 minutes longer than the modern year) by calculating the synodic month to be 29 43/81 days long, with a total of 235 synodic months adding up to 19 years. He is also the first Chinese to attempt a more accurate calculation of pi at 3.154, as the Chinese before him simply approximated it to 3. Zhang Heng and Liu Hui would later improve upon Liu's calculation in the 2nd and 3rd centuries, respectively.

Xin dynasty[edit]

Date Emperor Events Other people/events
9 Wang Mang Ruzi Ying is dethroned; Wang Mang initiates the short-lived Xin dynasty. Wang Mang introduces the well-field system of land distribution and agricultural production.
10 Wang Mang introduces an income tax of 10% for professionals and skilled laborers. Wang Mang outlaws the private use of crossbows. Despite this, Liu Xiu purchases them on the black market to aid the rebellion of his brother Liu Yan and rebel leader Li Tong in early winter of 22.
12 Under pressure from aristocrats, Wang Mang is forced to rescind the well-field system.
17 Wang Mang imposes government monopolies on liquor, salt, iron, coinage, forestry, and fishing. Mother Lü initiates rebellion against a county magistrate in Shandong.
18 Death of Yang Xiong, a poet, Taoist and author who wrote the first dialect dictionary of China, the Fangyan.
23 Battle of Kunyang Storming of Weiyang Palace, Wang Mang is killed, Emperor Gengshi restores the Han dynasty.

Eastern Han dynasty[edit]

Date Emperor Events Other people/events
23 Emperor Gengshi
25 Emperor Guangwu
27 Chimei rebels surrender to Han authority after they are defeated.
31 Du Shi invents waterwheel-powered bellows for the blast furnace in making cast iron.
33 Rebellion of Gongsun Shu; Gongsun blockades the width of the Yangtze River with a fortified floating pontoon bridge, but his defences give in once the Han general Cen Peng employs "castle ships" to ram and attack Gongsun's rebel navy
43 Second Chinese domination of Vietnam
52 The first known gazetteer of China, the Yuejue Shu, is written.
57 Sino-Japanese relations
58 Death of chancellor Deng Yu.
65 Liu Ying, son of Emperor Guangwu, sponsors Buddhism.
68 White Horse Temple, the first Buddhist temple in China, is founded.
73 Battle of Yiwulu
83 Wang Chong correctly theorizes the nature of the water cycle; he is also the first in Chinese history to mention the use of the chain pump.
87 Yuan An, an advocate of marriage alliance policies with the Xiongnu, is promoted to the position of Minister over the Masses.
88 Emperor He
89 Battle of Ikh Bayan
97 Ban Chao sends envoy Gan Ying to the outskirts of the Roman Empire.
100 The Shuowen Jiezi dictionary is completed by Xu Shen.
105 Cai Lun invents papermaking Goguryeo—Han War
106 Emperor Shang
111 Emperor An Ban Zhao completes the Book of Han, which was begun by her father Ban Biao and continued by her elder brother Ban Gu.
120 Zhang Heng completes his star catalogue, documenting 2,500 stars in over 100 constellations, writes a new formula for pi, corrected mistakes in the Chinese calendar, gave reasoning for a spherical moon that reflects light, and noted that lunar eclipse occurred when the earth obstructed the sunlight reaching the moon, while a solar eclipse was the moon's obstruction of sunlight reaching Earth.
125 Emperor Shun Zhang Heng invents the first hydraulic-powered armillary sphere, given motive power by a waterwheel and incorporating an inflow water clock, the latter of which he improved by adding a compensating tank between the reservoir and the inflow vessel. The earliest known Chinese depiction of a mechanical distance-marking odometer is drawn on a mural of the Xiaotangshan Tomb.
132 Zhang Heng invents a seismometer device that, with a pendulum and complex set of gears and cranks, is able to discern the cardinal direction of earthquakes by the dropping of bronze balls into wrought toad's mouths indicating the direction. Birth of Cai Yong, a mathematician, astronomer, musician and calligrapher.
142 Kinship of the Three
145 Emperor Chong
146 Emperor Zhi
147 Emperor Huan Birth of Lokaksema, a Yuezhi monk from Kushan who translated Mahayana Buddhist texts into Chinese.
148 An Shigao, a Persian prince from Parthia, arrives in China in this year to translate Theravada and Mahayana Buddhist texts into Chinese.
166 The Roman embassy reaches China. Disasters of Partisan Prohibitions
168 Emperor Ling
177 Birth of Cai Wenji, a female poet and musician.
179 Earliest known reference to The Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Art
180 Ding Huan invents the manual-powered rotary fan, which is recorded in the Book of the Later Han as being able to make halls cool enough for people to shiver during the summer. During the Tang dynasty, hydraulics were applied to power the rotary fan first innovated by Ding.
184 Yellow Turban Rebellion Liang Province Rebellion
185 Zhi Yao, a Yuezhi monk from Kushan, translates Buddhist texts into Chinese.
189 Emperor Shao Dong Zhuo deposes Emperor Shao Massacre of eunuchs
190 Emperor Xian Campaign against Dong Zhuo
192 Death of Dong Zhuo at the hands of Lü Bu
194 Sun Ce's conquests in Jiangdong
198 Battle of Xiapi
200 Battle of Guandu
204 Gongsun Kang, a Liaodong warlord, establishes the Daifang Commandery in northern Korea.
208 Battle of Red Cliffs
211 Battle of Tong Pass
215 Liu Bei's takeover of Yi Province
217 Battle of Xiaoyao Ford
219 End of the Hanzhong Campaign Battle of Fancheng and Lü Meng's invasion of Jing Province
220 Cao Pi forces Emperor Xian to abdicate the throne in his favor and establishes the state of Cao Wei. This event marks the end of the Eastern Han dynasty.

Three Kingdoms period[edit]

Date Emperor
(Cao Wei)
(Shu Han)
(Eastern Wu)
Events Other people/events
221 Cao Pi Liu Bei Battle of Xiaoting
222 Sun Quan
225 Liu Shan Zhuge Liang's Southern Campaign
228 Cao Rui Zhuge Liang's Northern Expeditions Battle of Shiting
232 Death of Cao Zhi, a famous poet.
234 Battle of Wuzhang Plains
244 Cao Fang Battle of Xingshi
247 Jiang Wei's Northern Expeditions
248 Triệu Thị Trinh's rebellion in Vietnam is crushed by Eastern Wu forces.
249 Incident at Gaoping Tombs
250 Introduction of Buddhism in China
255 Cao Mao Sun Liang Ma Jun invents the south-pointing chariot, a mechanical directional pathfinder that acts like a compass in that it always points south. This device may have employed a differential gear system, the same found in modern automobiles.
263 Cao Huan Sun Xiu Conquest of Shu by Wei Liu Hui publishes the revised version of The Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Art, with Liu's commentary.
265 Sun Hao Nine-rank system
280 Conquest of Wu by Jin

Western Jin dynasty[edit]

Date Emperor Events Other people/events
265 Emperor Wu Sometime between this year and 271, the cartographer and geographer Pei Xiu noted a groundbreaking development in Chinese cartography, as he was the first to describe the grid reference and graduated scale of measurement for Chinese maps; however, it is known that grids and familiarity with scaled distance on maps existing beforehand, while scholars point to evidence that it might have been an original innovation of Zhang Heng.
280 Unification of China, Conquest of Wu by Jin Records of the Three Kingdoms by Chen Shou
290 Emperor Hui
291 War of the Eight Princes
304 Sixteen Kingdoms (Han Zhao, Later Zhao, Cheng Han, Former Liang, Later Liang, Northern Liang, Western Liang, Southern Liang, Former Yan, Later Yan, Northern Yan, Southern Yan, Former Qin, Later Qin, Western Qin, Xia)
307 Emperor Huai
311 Emperor Min Emperor Huai is captured by Han Zhao forces, the capital is moved from Luoyang to Chang'an.
313 The Korean kingdom Goguryeo conquers the Western Jin dynasty's Lelang Commandery.
316 Chang'an falls, Emperor Min surrenders to Liu Yao, a general of the Xiongnu state Han Zhao. The Eastern Jin dynasty's capital is established in Jiankang (present-day Nanjing).
318 Emperor Min is executed by Liu Cong, the emperor of Han Zhao.

Eastern Jin dynasty[edit]

Date Emperor Events Other people/events
317 Emperor Yuan Sixteen Kingdoms and Six Dynasties
322 First accurate tomb depiction of stirrups.
323 Emperor Ming
324 The sick and ailing rebel Wang Dun dies while his forces are defeated by Emperor Ming's troops.
325 Emperor Cheng
328 Su Jun, who waged war against the regent Yu Liang, is defeated by generals Tao Kan and Wen Jiao.
342 Emperor Kang
344 Emperor Mu
353 Calligrapher Wang Xizhi writes the Lantingji Xu in semi-cursive script.
361 Emperor Ai
365 Emperor Fei
366 Painter Gu Kaizhi becomes an officer of Jin.
369 Jin general Huan Wen is defeated by Murong Chui, a general of the ethnic Xianbei state of Former Yan.
372 Emperor Xiaowu
383 Battle of Fei River
396 Emperor An
399 Faxian sails to Sri Lanka and India to recover Buddhist texts.
405 Poet Tao Yuanming goes into retirement for the next 22 years, until his death.
419 Emperor Gong
420 The regent Liu Yu seizes the throne from Emperor Gong, initiating the Liu Song dynasty.

Southern and Northern Dynasties[edit]

Date Southern dynasty Northern dynasty Events Other people/events
386 Northern Wei dynasty
404 Huiyuan, the founder of Pure Land Buddhism, writes the book On Why Monks Do Not Bow Down Before Kings, where he argues that members of the Buddhist clergy should stay out of politics but Buddhist laypeople make good subjects because of their belief in karma.
420 Liu Song dynasty
475 Bodhidharma arrives in China
477 Oldest known painted depiction of a horse collar, on a cave mural of Dunhuang, Northern Wei.
479 Southern Qi dynasty
485 After the well-field system had fallen out of use, Emperor Xiaowen of Northern Wei introduces the equal-field system.
496 Change of Xianbei names to Han names
501 Cui Hong begins compiling the Shiliuguo Chunqiu
502 Liang dynasty
523 The Songyue Pagoda is built, the earliest known fully brick pagoda in China, in departure from the fully timber tradition. It still stands at a height of 40 m (131 ft).
534 Eastern Wei dynasty and Western Wei dynasty
543 The Chinese dictionary Yupian is completed by Gu Yewang.
550 Northern Qi dynasty and Western Wei dynasty
557 Chen dynasty Northern Qi dynasty and Northern Zhou dynasty
577 Northern Zhou dynasty
581 Emperor Jing of Northern Zhou is forced to step down from the throne by his regent Yang Jian, who assumes power as Emperor Wen of Sui, initiating the Sui dynasty.

Sui dynasty[edit]

Date Emperor Events Other people/events
581 Emperor Wen
582 Compilation begins on the Jingdian Shiwen dictionary.
589 Yan Zhitui makes the first reference to toilet paper in history.
598 The Goguryeo–Sui War begins in modern North Korea.
600 First of the Japanese embassies to China.
601 Lu Fayan publishes the rime dictionary Qieyun.
602 Third Chinese domination of Vietnam
604 Emperor Yang
605 Imperial examinations are instituted, beginning a long bureaucratic tradition of scholar-officialdom in China. The Zhaozhou Bridge is completed.
607 The Japanese emissary Ono no Imoko arrives in China.
609 The Grand Canal of China is completed.
610 Engineers Geng Xun and Yuwen Kai improve the clepsydra clock model when they provided a steelyard balance that allowed seasonal adjustment in the pressure head of the compensating tank and could then control the rate of flow for different lengths of day and night. The earlier Zhang Heng of the Han dynasty was the first to add the compensating tank between the reservoir and the inflow vessel. Emperor Yang collaborates a huge effort for all the commanderies of China to submit gazetteers describing their local areas and providing maps to the central government, in an effort to maintain control and provide better security.
611 The Four Gates Pagoda is completed.
612 Battle of Salsu
617 After capturing Chang'an, the rebel-turned-emperor Li Yuan demotes Emperor Yang to the status of a retired emperor.

Tang dynasty[edit]

Date Emperor Events Other people/events
618 Emperor Gaozu Transition from Sui to Tang
621 Battle of Hulao
624 The Yiwen Leiju encyclopedia is completed by Ouyang Xun.
626 Emperor Taizong Emperor Taizong's campaign against Eastern Tujue Incident at Xuanwu Gate
635 The first Christian missionaries arrive in China. Nestorian monks from Asia Minor and Persia build the Daqin Pagoda. Alopen, a Persian bishop of the Assyrian Church of the East, also writes the Jesus Sutras. Emperor Taizong's campaign against Tuyuhun. The Book of Liang is published.
636 The Xumi Pagoda is completed. Compilations of the Book of Chen, Book of Northern Qi, Book of Zhou, and Book of Sui.
638 Tibetan attack on Songzhou
639 Emperor Taizong's campaign against Xueyantuo
640 Protectorate General to Pacify the West Emperor Taizong's campaign against Xiyu states, including the Karakhoja. The beginning of a series of campaigns against the Western Turks.
643 Emperor Taizong commissions the artist Yan Liben to paint the portraits at Lingyan Pavilion.
644 Emperor Taizong's campaign against Goguryeo: The Tang Empire allies with the Korean kingdom Silla during the Goguryeo–Tang War. First Tang campaign against Karasahr
646 Great Tang Records on the Western Regions is compiled by Bianji, documenting the travels of the Buddhist monk Xuanzang through the Gobi Desert, Kucha, Tashkent, Samarkand, Gandhara, and finally to India, where he studied in Nalanda.
647 Protectorate General to Pacify the North
648 The Book of Jin is compiled. Second Tang campaign against Karasahr and campaign against Kucha
649 Emperor Gaozong Four Arts of the Chinese Scholar (est.)
650 The records of the Tang dynasty describes a landmark visit to China by Sa'd ibn Abi Waqqas, one of the sahaba, in 650. This event is considered to be the birth of Islam in China.
657 Emperor Gaozong commissions the compilation of a large materia medica documenting the use of 833 medicinal drugs. Conquest of the Western Turks
659 Compilations for the History of Southern Dynasties and History of Northern Dynasties is completed.
663 Tang and Silla forces defeat the Japanese and Baekje navies at the Battle of Baekgang.
666 Two Chinese Buddhist monks, Zhiyu and Zhiyou, craft a mechanical south-pointing chariot for the Japanese Emperor Tenji.
668 Protectorate General to Pacify the East
684 Wu Zetian The Qianling Mausoleum is completed. Death of poet Luo Binwang.
699 Tang forces retake the Four Garrisons of Anxi from the Tibetans.
700 Approximate date for the creation of the Dunhuang map, an astronomical chart.
704 The Giant Wild Goose Pagoda is rebuilt.
709 Emperor Zhongzong The Small Wild Goose Pagoda is completed.
710 Emperor Ruizong The Shitong, a history of Chinese historiography up until the late 8th century, is compiled by Liu Zhiji. Death of Shangguan Wan'er, a female writer, government official and concubine.
712 Emperor Xuanzong Pear Garden, a music academy that trained acting troupes.
713 Kaiyuan newspaper
725 Yi Xing invents a water-powered celestial globe featuring an escapement mechanism and striking clock.
729 Gautama Siddha completes the compilation of the Treatise on Astrology of the Kaiyuan Era.
740 This year marks the death of the painter Wu Daozi and poet Meng Haoran.
744 Poets Du Fu and Li Bai meet for the first time.
751 Battle of Talas; this battle marks the beginning of the westward transmission of the ancient Chinese papermaking process.
755 An Lushan Rebellion Death of the painter Zhang Xuan.
756 Emperor Suzong Battle of Yongqiu
758 Arab and Persian pirates loot and burn the seaport of Guangzhou, causing Tang officials to virtually shut down the port for five decades while foreign vessels from the Indian Ocean came mostly to Hanoi in Tang-controlled Vietnam to trade there instead.
757 Battle of Suiyang
760 Earliest date for The Classic of Tea by Lu Yu.
761 Death of Wang Wei, a painter, musician, poet, scholar and official.
762 Emperor Daizong The Jingxingji is written by Du Huan, which described several major foreign countries including the Abbasid Caliphate and the Byzantine Empire.
763 Shi Siming is killed by his son. The An Lushan Rebellion ends.
781 Emperor Dezong The Nestorian Stele is composed.
783 Death of the painter Han Gan.
785 The official Jia Dan begins a monumental work of cartography and geography. In it, he describes many foreign places, including present-day Japan, Korea, India, Sri Lanka, Arabian Peninsula, the Euphrates and Baghdad of present-day Iraq, and minaret lighthouses in the Persian Gulf that were later described by Al-Masudi and Al-Muqaddasi.
794 Prince Li Gao has the first Chinese paddle-wheel ships made.
798 The Army of Divine Strategy, staffed by eunuch officers, reaches 240,000 troops, thanks largely to the revenues of the salt commission.
799 The lucrative trade of the salt commission, a government monopoly, accounts for half of the government's incoming revenues by this year.
801 Compilation of the Tongdian history and encyclopedia by Du You is complete.
805 Emperor Shunzong
806 Emperor Xianzong With a renewed military, Emperor Xianzong begins a series of seven major military campaigns in which he quells all remaining rebelling provinces except for two.
820 Emperor Muzong
824 Emperor Jingzong Death of Han Yu, an essayist and poet who was an early proponent of the Classical Prose Movement, while his works are considered foundations for later Neo-Confucianism. He was also an early polemecist and advocate against Buddhism.
831 Emperor Wenzong A Uyghur Turk sues the son of a Tang general who had failed to repay a debt of 11 million government-issued copper coins. Emperor Wenzong hears the news and is so upset that he not only banishes the general, but also attempts to ban all trade between Chinese and foreigners except for trade in livestock. This ban is unsuccessful and trade with foreigners resumes, especially in maritime affairs overseas.
843 Emperor Wuzong A large fire in Chang'an consumes 4,000 homes, warehouses, and other buildings in the East Market, yet the rest of the city is at a safe distance from the blaze (which is largely quarantined in East Central Chang'an thanks to the large width of roads in Chang'an that produce fire breaks).
845 Great Anti-Buddhist Persecution
846 Emperor Xuānzong Death of Bai Juyi, a poet who penned over 2,800 poems in his lifetime.
851 Arab merchant Suleiman al-Tajir visits Guangzhou seaport and describes Chinese porcelain manufacture, tea consumption, granaries and the Islamic mosque of the city. He notes that the Chinese use toilet paper instead of washing with water.
852 Death of Du Mu, a poet renowned for his vivid and realistic style.
853 Duan Chengshi publishes his Miscellaneous Morsels from Youyang.
858 An enormous flood along the Grand Canal and on the North China Plain kills tens of thousands of people.
863 Emperor Yizong Duan Chengshi describes the slave trade, ivory trade, and ambergris trade in Berbera, Somalia.
868 Woodblock printing of the Diamond Sutra
874 Emperor Xizong Huang Chao starts a rebellion against the Tang dynasty.
879 Huang Chao burns and loots the international seaport at Guangzhou, killing thousands of native Chinese and foreign merchants from all over the Asian continent.
884 Huang Chao's rebellion is crushed by Tang forces.
888 Emperor Zhaozong
907 Emperor Ai Zhu Wen overthrows the Tang dynasty and establishes the Later Liang state. Ten thousand years (est.)

Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period[edit]

Date 5 Dynasties 10 Kingdoms Events
907 Later Liang Wu
Southern Han
Former Shu
Later Shu
Southern Tang
Northern Han
917 Earliest known description in China of Greek fire.
919 Earliest known description of a flamethrower in China.
923 Later Tang
936 Later Jin
947 Later Han
950 The earliest known depiction of a fire lance (proto gun) and lobbed grenade.
960 Around this time, Gu Hongzhong paints the classic Night Revels of Han Xizai.
951 Later Zhou
961 The Huqiu Tower is built.

Liao dynasty[edit]

Date Emperor Events Other people/events
907 Emperor Taizu
926 Emperor Taizong
947 Emperor Shizong
951 Emperor Muzong
969 Emperor Jingzong
993 Emperor Shengzong The First Goryeo–Khitan War marks the beginning of the Goryeo–Khitan Wars
997 The Chinese dictionary Longkan Shoujian is compiled by the monk Xingjun.
1005 Shanyuan Treaty
1010 Second Goryeo–Khitan War
1018 Third Goryeo–Khitan War Battle of Gwiju
1031 Emperor Xingzong
1056 Emperor Daozong Pagoda of Fogong Temple is completed.
1120 Emperor Tianzuo Pagoda of Tianning Temple is completed.
1124 Kara-Khitan Khanate
1125 The Jurchen-led Jin dynasty conquers the Liao dynasty.

Northern Song dynasty[edit]

Date Emperor Events Other people/events
960 Emperor Taizu Zhao Kuangyin (Emperor Taizu) becomes the emperor with the support of his soldiers in the Chen Bridge Mutiny. In the Wuli Xiaoshi (1630), Fang Yizhi states that Emperor Taizu was presented with gunpowder-impregnated fire arrows in this year. Hundred Family Surnames (est.)
971 Song troops defeat the war elephants of Southern Han.
974 Song troops construct and defend a floating pontoon bridge across the Yangtze River in order to secure supply lines while fighting against the Southern Tang forces.
976 Emperor Taizong The Yuelu Academy is founded.
977 The Longhua Pagoda is built.
978 The Extensive Records of the Taiping Era is completed. It is the first of the Four Great Books of Song.
981 Battle of Bach Dang
983 Imperial Readings of the Taiping Era is completed.
984 Canal pound lock invented by Qiao Weiyo
986 Finest Blossoms in the Garden of Literature is completed.
990 The painter Fan Kuan is born around this time.
1000 Emperor Zhenzong Sometime between this year and the end of the century, the Chinese discovered how to use bituminous coke instead of charcoal for blast furnaces in casting iron, sparing thousands of acres of prime timberland from deforestation.
1005 The Shanyuan Treaty is signed between the Song and Liao dynasties.
1010 After 39 years in the making, the enormous atlas of China commissioned by the emperor and drawn by a team of scholars under Lu Duosun and Song Zhun is completed in 1556 chapters, including maps for individual towns, districts, counties, prefectures, circuits (provinces), and a map of the whole of China.
1011 The Guangyun rime dictionary is completed by Chen Pengnian and Qiu Yong.
1013 Prime Tortoise of the Record Bureau is completed.
1037 Emperor Renzong Ding Du publishes the Jiyun rime dictionary.
1041 Bi Sheng invents the earliest movable type printing.
1043 Fan Zhongyan and Ouyang Xiu introduce the Qingli Reforms, which would soon be rescinded in 1045.
1044 Wujing Zongyao, first book with written gunpowder formula; the book also describes the double-piston flamethrower.
1045 The Lingxiao Pagoda is completed.
1049 The Iron Pagoda is completed.
1055 The Liaodi Pagoda is completed.
1060 The compilation of the New Book of Tang, edited by Ouyang Xiu, is presented to the emperor.
1063 Emperor Yingzong The Pizhi Pagoda is completed.
1068 Emperor Shenzong First use of the drydock in China
1069 The chancellor Wang Anshi introduces the reforms of the New Policies, which included the Baojia system, his policies breed factionalism at court while the later chancellor Sima Guang would lead the conservatives against his party.
1070 Su Song publishes the Bencao Tujing, an interdisciplinary pharmaceutical treatise incorporating information on botany, zoology and mineralogy.
1072 Guo Xi paints Early Spring.
1075 The diplomat Shen Kuo asserts Song's rightful borders by using court archives against the bluff of Emperor Daozong of Liao. Shen Kuo travels to Cizhou, and describes a forging process of cast iron under a cool blast that is considered by historians Needham and Hartwell as a predecessor to the metallurgic Bessemer process.
1076 Wang Anshi resigns as chancellor.
1077 Su Song is sent on a diplomatic mission to the Liao dynasty, discovers that the Khitan calendar is more mathematically accurate than the Song's; Emperor Zhezong later sponsors Su Song's clock tower in order to compete with Liao astronomers.
1078 According to the research of Robert Hartwell, China was producing on annual average 127,000,000 kg (125,000 t) of cast iron by this year, a sixfold increase since the year 806 during the Tang.
1080 Song forces inflict defeats on Western Xia, Shen Kuo takes up defense at Yan'an.
1081 An officer disobeys commands and his army is destroyed by the Tanguts; although he successfully defended Yan'an, Shen Kuo is blamed for the fiasco and impeached. Su Song publishes a 200 volume work on Song-Liao relations.
1084 Sima Guang completes the compilation of Zizhi Tongjian, a universal history text of 294 volumes with 3 million Chinese characters. The female poet Li Qingzhao is born.
1085 Emperor Zhezong The New Policies Group, a political faction once led by Wang Anshi, is ousted from power as the new empress dowager and regent overrule the young Emperor Zhezong with the political faction led by Sima Guang.
1088 Dream Pool Essays by Shen Kuo, first book to describe the magnetic compass; Shen also postulates theories in early geomorphology and paleoclimatology, describes Bi Sheng's movable type printing, atmospheric refraction, problems of calculus and trigonometry, methods of archaeology, and is the first in China to describe camera obscura (after Ibn al-Haytham) and the concept of true north.
1090 First known description of the mechanical belt drive is found in the Book of Sericulture by Qin Guan.
1094 The clock tower of Su Song is completed in Kaifeng, featuring an escapement mechanism and chain drive to rotate an armillary sphere and sound an intricate striking clock.
1094 Dongpo Academy is established on the island of Hainan, on the same spot where famous poet and official Su Shi was exiled by the New Policies court faction.
1103 Emperor Huizong The Yingzao Fashi architectural treatise is published by Li Jie and is promoted by Huizong's government as a standard manual for construction and building.
1107 Death of the painter, calligrapher and poet Mi Fu.
1111 The Donglin Academy is founded.
1119 Zhu Yu publishes his Pingzhou Table Talks, confirming Shen Kuo's description of the magnetic compass by stating its use in seafaring.
1125 Song forces ally with the Jurchen-led Jin dynasty to topple the Khitan-led Liao dynasty.
1125 The beginning of the Jin–Song Wars
1127 Emperor Qinzong The Jingkang Incident: Much of northern China is conquered by the Jin dynasty. The Song dynasty moves its capital south from Kaifeng to Hangzhou.

Southern Song dynasty[edit]

Date Emperor Events Other people/events
1132 Emperor Gaozong China's first permanent standing navy is established, with the Song naval headquarters at Dinghai. A fire destroys over 13,000 homes in the new capital at Hangzhou.
1135 Yue Fei defeats the rebels under Yang Yao by first entangling his paddle-wheel ships in rotten logs and other floating debris.
1141 The Treaty of Shaoxing is signed between the Jin and Song dynasties.
1142 Yue Fei is accused of treason by Qin Hui and executed by Emperor Gaozong.
1161 Song defeats Jin at the Battle of Tangdao and Battle of Caishi after Jin attempted to conquer southern China. The Yunjing rime dictionary is compiled by Zhang Linzhi.
1162 Emperor Xiaozong The Beisi Pagoda is completed.
1165 The Liuhe Pagoda is completed
1179 The White Deer Grotto Academy is rebuilt by Zhu Xi.
1189 Emperor Guangzong
1215 Emperor Ningzong Battle of Zhongdu
1241 Emperor Lizong Emperor Lizong sponsors Zhu Xi's Four Books and Neo-Confucianism.
1247 Qin Jiushao writes his Mathematical Treatise in Nine Sections, which included use of the Horner scheme hundreds of years before it was discovered independently by William George Horner.
1259 The Mongol ruler Möngke Khan dies at Diaoyu Fortress in modern Chongqing during a battle against Song forces.
1260 The Toluid Civil War begins between Ariq Böke and Kublai Khan, forcing Kublai to retreat north as the Song chancellor Jia Sidao pushes Mongol troops north of the Yangtze River in an opportune assault.
1261 Emperor Duzong Although written of around 1100, Yang Hui draws the first known Chinese diagram of the Pascal's triangle. From this year until the conquest of Song, Kublai Khan attempts to gain southern Chinese acceptance in benevolent displays of releasing large bands of Chinese merchants after short periods of capture and detainment at the border.
1265 The Mongol Empire, under Kublai Khan's leadership, invades Sichuan and captures 146 Song naval ships as the spoils of war.
1267 The Battle of Xiangyang begins.
1269 In this year, and every consecutive year until 1272, the Song navy attempts to break the enormous Mongol and northern Chinese naval blockade on the Han River. All attempts are unsuccessful, as thousands of men and hundreds of ships are lost in the process.
1271 Marco Polo's voyage begins.
1273 The Battle of Xiangyang concludes with a Mongol victory.
1275 Emperor Gong Turkish general Bayan defeats the Song army of 130,000 troops; The Song chancellor Jia Sidao is impeached from the imperial court and killed by one of his own guards.
1276 Emperor Duanzong Unlike his contemporary and fellow painter Zhao Mengfu, the scholar-official Qian Xuan declines the offer to serve the Yuan government and spends the rest of his life creating works of art.
1278 Wen Tianxiang leads Song forces to resist the Mongol invaders. He is captured and refuses to surrender to the Yuan government. He spends four years in prison before being executed by Kublai Khan in 1283.
1279 Emperor Bing Battle of Yamen; the Yuan general Zhang Hongfan crushes the last resistance of Southern Song.

Western Xia[edit]

Date Emperor Events Other people/events
1038 Emperor Jingzong
1048 Emperor Yizong
1067 Emperor Huizong
1086 Emperor Chongzong
1139 Emperor Renzong
1193 Emperor Huanzong
1206 Emperor Xiangzong
1211 Emperor Shenzong
1223 Emperor Xianzong
1226 Emperor Mozhu
1227 Genghis Khan dies during the siege on the final Western Xia stronghold. His successor, Ögedei Khan, conquers Western Xia and resumes the war against the Jurchen-led Jin dynasty.

(Jurchen) Jin dynasty[edit]

Date Emperor Events Other people/events
1115 Emperor Taizu Wanyan Aguda (Emperor Taizu) leads the Jurchens to attack the Liao dynasty.
1125 Emperor Taizong The beginning of the Jin–Song Wars.
1127 Jingkang Incident
1135 Emperor Xizong
1153 Emperor Hailingwang The Jin capital is moved from Huining Fu to Zhongdu (present-day Beijing)
1157 The capital is moved again, this time from Beijing to Kaifeng.
1161 Emperor Shizong Hailingwang attempts to invade and conquer the Southern Song dynasty, but their naval forces are destroyed at the Battle of Tangdao and Battle of Caishi.
1164 The Treaty of Longxing between Song and Jin ushers in four decades of peace.
1189 Emperor Zhangzong The Chengling Pagoda is built.
1211 Emperor Weishaowang Genghis Khan launches a military campaign against the Jin dynasty.
1214 Emperor Xuanzong In the terms of a treaty with Genghis Khan, the Jin dynasty becomes a vassal state of the expanding Mongol Empire.
1215 When the Jin court moves their capital from Beijing to Kaifeng once more, Genghis Khan sees this as open revolt and sacks Beijing, burning the city to the ground.
1216 The Song dynasty attacks Jin from the south and again in 1223 while the Jin Empire was collapsing.
1227 Emperor Aizong Genghis Khan died during the siege of the final Western Xia stronghold in 1227. His successor, Ögedei Khan, resumes the war against the Jin dynasty in the same year.
1233 The Jin capital Kaifeng is captured in the Mongol siege of Kaifeng by Ögedei Khan's forces.
1234 Emperor Modi Emperor Modi is killed by Mongol forces at the siege of Caizhou in present-day Runan County, Henan.

Yuan dynasty[edit]

Date Emperor Events Other people/events
1260 Kublai Khan makes the Tibetan lama Drogön Chögyal Phagpa State Preceptor and grants him power over Tibet, his Sakya regime lasted until its overthrow in the 1350s by the Phagmodru myriarchy.
1270 Sambyeolcho Rebellion in Korea against Mongol-dominated Goryeo.
1271 Emperor Shizu
(Kublai Khan)
Kublai Khan founds the Yuan dynasty.
1273 Battle of Xiangyang
1274 Mongol invasions of Japan
1276 Gaocheng Astronomical Observatory is built.
1279 Battle of Yamen
1287 Rabban Bar Sauma, a Nestorian Uyghur Turk from Beijing, travels to Europe in this year and hosted by Andronikos II Palaiologos of the Byzantine Empire, Philip IV of France, and Edward I of England in hopes of forming an alliance to seize Jerusalem, then under the Muslim Mamluk Bahri dynasty. Battle of Pagan, end of Pagan Kingdom
1288 Battle of Bạch Đằng
1289 Franciscan friars begin missionary work in China
1298 Emperor Chengzong Wang Zhen improves the movable type printing of Bi Sheng by introducing the first successful wooden type characters; he also experiments with tin metal type characters.
1307 Emperor Wuzong
1316 Emperor Renzong Guo Shoujing dies; among his life achievements were fixing the calendar year at 365.2425 (same as the Gregorian calendar), building upon Shen Kuo's mathematical work on trigonometry by introducing spherical trigonometry, and engineered an artificial Kunming Lake in Beijing.
1320 Emperor Yingzong
1324 Emperor Taiding The rime dictionary Zhongyuan Yinyun is published by Zhou Deqing.
1328 Emperor Tianshun
1329 Emperor Mingzong
1330 Emperor Wenzong The Pagoda of Bailin Temple is completed
1332 Emperor Ningzong
1334 Emperor Huizong Wang Dayuan ventures to North Africa.
1352 Zhu Yuanzhang joins the Red Turban Rebellion
1356 Zhu Yuanzhang's rebel force captures Nanjing.
1363 Battle of Lake Poyang
1368 Rebel general Xu Da defeats Yuan forces, while Emperor Huizong flees from Dadu (present-day Beijing). Zhu Yuanzhang establishes the Ming dynasty.

Ming dynasty[edit]

Date Emperor Events Other people/events
1368 Hongwu Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang (the Hongwu Emperor) overthrows the Yuan dynasty and founds the Ming dynasty.
1371 The Ming government initiates the haijin (maritime trade ban) policy.
1373 The Hongwu Emperor bans the imperial examinations in favor of a recommendation system. The Temple of the Six Banyan Trees is rebuilt.
1375 Latest possible date for the writing of the Huolongjing treatise on gunpowder weapons, as its co-editor Liu Bowen dies on May 16.
1380 The Hongwu Emperor abolishes the office of the chancellor and takes over direct responsibility of the Three Departments and Six Ministries, although the later Grand Secretariat would aid the emperor in managing the state.
1381 The Ming Empire annexes land from the Dali Kingdom in present-day Yunnan and Guizhou, spurring a migration of hundreds of thousands.
1382 The jinyiwei (secret police) is established.
1384 Imperial examinations are reinstated by Hongwu, but he had the chief examiner executed on charges of corruption.
1397 The Ming Code (of Law) is completed, yet drawing much of its clauses from the earlier Tang Code of 653.
1398 Jianwen Emperor
1402 Yongle Emperor The Yongle Emperor takes the throne after a three-year-long civil war with his nephew, the Jianwen Emperor.
1405 The treasure voyages of admiral Zheng He begin, sailing around Southeast Asia, throughout the Indian Ocean, and as far as East Africa to reestablish tributary relations of foreign countries with China. The Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum is completed.
1406 Construction of the Forbidden City and new Beijing city fortifications begins.
1407 Fourth Chinese domination of Vietnam, although Ming forces were pushed out two decades later by Lê Lợi of the Vietnamese Lê dynasty. Deshin Shekpa, the fifth Karmapa of Tibet, visits the imperial court of the Yongle Emperor.
1408 The massive Yongle Encyclopedia is completed.
1415 Restoration work on the Grand Canal is completed.
1420 After 13 years of a massive construction project for a new capital and Forbidden City, the Yongle Emperor declares Beijing the new capital, while Nanjing is demoted. The Ming tombs are built.
1424 Xuande Emperor
1427 Xuande Emperor The painter Shen Zhou is born.
1431 The Vietnamese Lê dynasty is recognized by the Ming Empire as a tribute state.
1443 Zhengtong Emperor The Zhihua Temple is built.
1446 The Precious Belt Bridge is rebuilt.
1449 Jingtai Emperor Tumu Crisis; the Zhengtong Emperor is captured by the Oirat Mongols after losing the battle and is released a year later.
1457 Tianshun Emperor The former Zhengtong Emperor seizes power from the Jingtai Emperor in a coup and begins his second reign as the Tianshun Emperor.
1461 Rebellion of Cao Qin
1464 Chenghua Emperor The Miao people and Yao people of Guangxi rebel against Ming authority; a combined Ming force of 190,000 (including 1,000 Mongols) crushes the rebellion within two years.
1473 The Zhenjue Temple is completed.
1488 Hongzhi Emperor The Korean official Choe Bu shipwrecks in Zhejiang and travels the entire length of the Grand Canal to repatriate back to Joseon Korea. He later wrote a famous book on his travels, which was printed in both Korea and Japan in the later half of the 16th century.
1510 Zhengde Emperor Prince of Anhua rebellion
1516 First Portuguese contact by Jorge Álvares in Macau, followed up by Rafael Perestrello in Guangzhou.
1517 Fernão Pires de Andrade and Tomé Pires are sent as ambassadors to China by Manuel I of Portugal; they land at Guangzhou.
1519 Prince of Ning rebellion
1521 Jiajing Emperor Events, such as the Portuguese conquest of Malacca, lead to the rejection of the Portuguese embassy and the new Jiajing Emperor calling upon the Portuguese to return power of Malacca to the loyal Ming vassal Mahmud Shah; Ming and Portuguese ships fight at Tuen Mun, but relations are eventually smoothed out later by Leonel de Sousa and others determined to repair the reputation that the Portuguese initially won in the Ming Empire.
1529 Death of the philosopher Wang Yangming
1530 Around this time, mechanical engineer Zhou Shuxue improves Zhan Xiyuan's 14th century sand-driven mechanical clock by adding a fourth large gear wheel, revising gear teeth ratios, and widening the orifice which collected sand in Zhan's clock, since Zhou complained that the device clogged up too often. Although lacking the essential escapement mechanism of earlier Chinese clocks, this sand-driven clock of Zhan and Zhou featured a stationary dial face over which a pointer circulated by mechanical timing.
1549 Portuguese ships make continuous annual trade stops to Shangchuan Island.
1550 Altan Khan breaches the Great Wall, besieges Beijing, and burns down its suburbs after looting them.
1553 The Beijing outer city to the south is completed, which brought the overall size of the city to 4 by 4½ miles.
1556 The Shaanxi earthquake results in 850,000 casualties.
1557 The Portuguese establish permanent settlement in Macau.
1558 Ming forces led by Qi Jiguang defeat the wokou at Cengang.
1567 Longqing Emperor The haijin policy is formally repealed; the Ming government allows private foreign maritime trade, although the state had conducted all foreign trade during the ban.
1573 Wanli Emperor After the Spanish establish a permanent base at Manila in the Philippines, their American-mined silver trade with the Ming Empire trumps the Portuguese-Japanese silver trade.
1574 Qin Liangyu, a female Miao general, is born.
1576 The Pagoda of Cishou Temple is built.
1577 The Wanshou Temple is built.
1581 Grand Secretary Zhang Juzheng implements the Single Whip Reform, allowing the land tax to be paid entirely in silver due to inflated paper currency and widespread counterfeit coinage.
1582 Jesuits begin missionary work in China First reference is made about the publishing of private newspapers in Beijing.
1584 Abraham Ortelius, in his atlas Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, is the first known European to feature an illustration of the Chinese invention known as the 'sailing carriage', essentially a wheelbarrow with a ship's mast and a sail.
1587 Physician and pharmacologist Li Shizhen publishes the Bencao Gangmu, detailing the use of over 1,800 medicinal drugs.
1590 Wu Cheng'en writes the novel Journey to the West.
1592 When Japan invades Korea in the Imjin War, the Ming Empire aids Korea with troops and supplies.
1593 Siege of Pyongyang
1597 Siege of Ulsan
1598 Battle of Sacheon Battle of Noryang; the theatrical drama Peony Pavilion, written by playwright Tang Xianzu, is performed at the Pavilion of Prince Teng.
1602 From this year until 1682, the Dutch East India Company ships some six million Chinese porcelain items to Europe.
1604 Donglin movement
1607 The Greek mathematical treatise Euclid's Elements is translated into Chinese by Xu Guangqi, Sabatino de Ursis, and Matteo Ricci.
1609 The encyclopedia Sancai Tuhui is published.
1610 The novel Plum in the Golden Vase is published.
1615 The Chinese dictionary Zihui is compiled by Mei Yingzuo.
1616 Nurhaci found the Later Jin dynasty in Manchuria. The Nanjing Religious Incident begins in this year, when all foreign Jesuits were expelled from the Ming imperial court and the astronomy bureau; this was a temporary triumph of traditionalist Confucian officials who rejected Western science in favor of Chinese science; by 1622 this policy was reversed, and the astronomy burea was once again staffed by European Jesuits and Chinese supportive of Western science.
1619 Battle of Sarhu The philosopher Wang Fuzhi is born.
1624 Tianqi Emperor Headquartered in Jakarta, the Dutch East India Company establishes Dutch rule of Taiwan.
1626 Johann Adam Schall von Bell writes the first treatise on the telescope in Chinese. Jesuit Nicolas Trigault writes the Xiru Ermu Zi, establishing the first system of romanization of Chinese.
1627 Chongzhen Emperor First Manchu invasion of Korea; downfall of the eunuch Wei Zhongxian, who controlled the Ming government for seven years; Zhang Zilie publishes the Chinese dictionary Zhengzitong. Polish Jesuit Michał Boym first introduces the heliocentric model of the solar system into Chinese astronomy.
1628 Battle of Ningyuan
1632 The Later Jin dynasty conquered much of Inner Mongolia.
1634 The Chongzhen Emperor acquires the telescope of the late Johann Schreck.
1635 Liu Tong adds his preface to the Dijing Jingwulue, a Chinese prose classic.
1637 Second Manchu invasion of Korea Song Yingxing publishes the encyclopedia Tiangong Kaiwu. Due to his scholarly and encyclopedic achievements, scientist and sinologist Joseph Needham calls him the "Diderot of China".
1638 The Beijing Gazette switches its production method from woodblock printing to movable type printing.
1639 The Nongzheng Quanshu agricultural treatise of Xu Guangqi is published. The painter Chen Hongshou travels to Beijing and earns instant acclaim by the Ming imperial court.
1641 Death of Xu Xiake, whose published travel diary of some 404,000 Chinese characters includes notes on regional geography, climate, and mineralogy.
1642 Kaifeng flood With new additional Han Chinese banners, the full Manchu Eight Banners are established.
1644 Battle of Shanhai Pass. The Chongzhen Emperor hangs himself from the Guilty Pagoda Tree, after hearing that Li Zicheng's rebel forces have breached the gates of Beijing. The former Ming general Wu Sangui and the Manchu prince Dorgon seize Beijing from Li Zicheng.

Shun dynasty[edit]

Date Emperor Events Other people/events
1644 Li Zicheng

Qing dynasty[edit]

Date Emperor Events Other people/events
1644 Shunzhi Emperor The Qing dynasty is established in China.
1645 Yangzhou massacre
1652 The 5th Dalai Lama of Tibet visits the Qing imperial court in Beijing.
1659 Jesuits Martino Martini and Ferdinand Verbiest arrive in China, the former for the second time.
1661 On the death of the Shunzhi Emperor, his confidant Johann Adam Schall von Bell is thrown into prison, eventually released, but dies shortly after.
1662 Kangxi Emperor The Siege of Fort Zeelandia ends with the Dutch East India Company's surrender of Taiwan to the Ming loyalists led by Koxinga (Zheng Chenggong). Koxinga establishes the Kingdom of Tungning in Taiwan.
1674 Revolt of the Three Feudatories
1682 Belgian Jesuit Antoine Thomas arrives in China.
1683 The Qing Empire defeats the Kingdom of Tungning at the Battle of Penghu. Tungning's ruler, Zheng Keshuang, surrenders to the Qing Empire.
1689 The Treaty of Nerchinsk is signed between the Qing Empire and the Russian Empire.
1690 Death of Yun Shouping, a painter who was considered one of the "Six Masters" of the Qing dynasty.
1698 The Lugou Bridge is reconstructed.
1705 Papal legate Charles-Thomas Maillard De Tournon arrives in China.
1700 Thirteen Factories
1711 The British East India Company establishes a trading post in Guangzhou. The Peiwen Yunfu rime dictionary is completed.
1716 Publication of the Kangxi Dictionary
1720 In opposition to the Dzungars, Qing forces conquer and occupy Lhasa in Tibet.
1721 In a culmination of the Chinese Rites controversy, the Kangxi Emperor delivers a decree banning Jesuits preaching in China in response to a papal bull by Pope Clement XI.
1725 Yongzheng Emperor The encyclopedia Gujin Tushu Jicheng is completed.
1732 Death of Jiang Tingxi, a painter, calligrapher, and encyclopedia writer.
1750 Qianlong Emperor French Jesuit Jean Joseph Marie Amiot is sent to China.
1755 Ten Great Campaigns The Puning Temple is built in commemoration of the defeat of the Dzungars.
1760 Initiation of the Canton System.
1771 Putuo Zongcheng Temple is completed.
1774 The Wenjin Chamber is built.
1780 The Fragrant Hills Pagoda is built.
1782 The encyclopedia Siku Quanshu is completed.
1791 The novel Dream of the Red Chamber is published.
1793 Anglo-Chinese relations and the Macartney Embassy; Lord Macartney, the first British envoy to Beijing, is hosted by the Qianlong Emperor's confidant Heshen.
1796 Jiaqing Emperor White Lotus Rebellion
1807 Robert Morrison, the first Protestant missionary, arrives in China.
1820 Daoguang Emperor
1823 The Bible is published in Chinese.
1839 First Opium War
1842 The Treaty of Nanjing is signed between the British Empire and the Qing Empire. This marks the first of a series of unequal treaties signed between the Qing Empire and the Western powers and Japan.
1844 Wei Yuan publishes his Illustrated Treatise on the Maritime Kingdoms, a gazetteer inspired by the desire to learn more of the West and the threat it posed to the Qing Empire. The Treaty of Wanghia is signed between the Qing Empire and the United States, with the appointment of the first United States Ambassador to China.
1850 Xianfeng Emperor
1851 Taiping Rebellion Jintian Uprising
1855 Third Pandemic of Bubonic plague Punti–Hakka Clan Wars
1856 Second Opium War
1858 Battle of Sanhe Treaty of Aigun,
Treaty of Tianjin
1860 British and French forces loot and burn down the Old Summer Palace. Prince Gong signs the Beijing Convention with the Western powers.
1861 Prince Gong establishes the Zongli Yamen (Foreign Office).
1862 Tongzhi Emperor Dungan revolt The Tongwen Guan, or School of Combined Learning, is established to for Chinese students to learn European languages.
1864 After fighting the Taiping rebels for four years, the Ever Victorious Army is disbanded; it was the first Chinese army that employed a European officer corps and adopted European military tactics, strategies and techniques.
1868 Yangzhou riot End of the Nian Rebellion
1870 Tianjin Massacre
1871 Li Hongzhang is appointed to the position of Viceroy of Zhili, an office he would hold until 1895, serving again in the same post from 1900 to 1901, until replaced by Yuan Shikai.
1873 End of the Panthay Rebellion
1876 Guangxu Emperor After the murder of Augustus Raymond Margary in the 'Margary Affair', the Chefoo Convention is held to resolve the issue but turns into an excuse for the British to press for additional concessions.
1884 Sino-French War
1891 Founding of Shanghai Sharebrokers Association
1894 First Sino-Japanese War
1895 Treaty of Shimonoseki
1898 Hundred Days' Reform Coup led by Empress Dowager Cixi
1900 Boxer Rebellion
1901 Boxer Protocol
1910 Xuantong Emperor Huanghuagang Uprising
1911 Xinhai Revolution Wuchang Uprising

Modern China[edit]

Republic of China (Republican era)[edit]

Date Head of State Governance Events Other people/events
1912 Sun Yat-sen Provisional Government Xinhai Revolution The Kuomintang (Nationalist Party) is founded. 
1913 Four big families of the Republic of China
1915 Yuan Shikai Beiyang Government Empire of China

New Culture Movement
National Protection War

Japan's Twenty-One Demands

Chen Duxiu starts the magazine New Youth.
1916 (various leaders) The Warlord Era begins
1919 May Fourth Movement Treaty of Versailles
1920 Push for written vernacular Chinese  
1921 The Communist Party of China is founded. Lu Xun writes the novella The True Story of Ah Q.
1923 Radio Corporation of China
1924 First United Front
1926 Northern Expedition
1927 Nanchang Uprising

Chinese Civil War
Kuomintang-Communist split
1928 Chiang Kai-shek Nationalist Government Nanjing decade Zhang Zuolin
Jinan Incident
1930 Encirclement Campaign against Northeastern Jiangxi Soviet
1931 Chinese Soviet Republic

1931 China floods
Japanese invasion of Manchuria

Mukden Incident
1932 Lin Sen Imperial Japanese colonialism in Manchukuo

Pacification of Manchukuo
January 28 Incident

Defense of Harbin
1934 Long March New Life Movement
1935 December 9th Movement First Encirclement Campaign against Hubei–Henan–Shaanxi Soviet
1936 Xi'an Incident Japan establishes the Mengjiang
1937 Second Sino-Japanese War

(Marco Polo Bridge Incident,
Battle of Shanghai,
Battle of Pingxingguan,
Battle of Nanjing,
Battle of Tai'erzhuang,
Battle of Changsha 1939,
Hundred Regiments Offensive,
Battle of Changsha 1941,
Battle of Changsha 1942,
Battle of Changsha 1944)
Nanking Massacre

Second United Front
1938 Bombing of Chongqing
1941 Yan'an Rectification Movement
1943 Cairo Declaration
1944 Chiang Kai-shek
1945 Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, World War II ends

China become one of the founding members of the United Nations

The Campaign to Suppress Bandits in Northeast China
1946 Second Chinese Civil War  
1947 228 Incident in Taiwan Province  
1948 Liaoshen Campaign, Pingjin Campaign and Huaihai Campaign
Constitution of the Republic of China
Nationalist Government dissolved
Establishment of the government of the Republic of China
1949 Fall of Nanjing, the capital of the Republic of China
Establishment of the People's Republic of China led by Communist Party of China
The Republic of China government is relocated to Guangzhou and then Taipei.

After 1949 (People's Republic of China and Republic of China)[edit]

People's Republic of China (Mainland Area)
Republic of China (Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen, and Matsu)
Paramount Leader Events Other people/events President Events Other people/events
1949 Mao Zedong

(Mao Zedong Thought)
Founding of the People's Republic of China Li Tsung-jen White Terror
1950 Battle of the Ch'ongch'on River, Landing Operation on Hainan Island Korean War

Canidrome massacre
Chiang Kai-shek
1951 Seventeen Point Agreement for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet
1952 Three-anti/five-anti campaigns San Francisco Peace Treaty does not award Taiwan to the ROC
1953 Five Year Plan
1956 Hundred Flowers campaign ROC lost overall administration of the Mainland China
1957 Anti-Rightist Movement Asian Flu
1958 Great Leap Forward
1959 Great sparrow campaign causes famine

Three Years of Natural Disasters begins
Tibetan uprising
1960 Sino-Soviet split
1962 Sino-Indian War
1964 Destruction of Four Olds

State Council pushed for Simplified Chinese characters in the mainland
First PRC atomic bomb detonation, 596 nuclear test Taiwan continues the use of Traditional Chinese characters
1965 Project National Glory
1966 Cultural Revolution

Three-Self Patriotic Movement

Down to the Countryside Movement
The Little Red Book Chinese Cultural Renaissance
1968 Deng Pufang handicap incident
1969 Zhenbao Island Sino-Soviet border conflict Beijing Subway
1970 Long March rocket, first satellite launch
1971 Henry Kissinger visits Beijing UN resolution 2758, PRC replace ROC as UN representative
1972 Shanghai Communiqué

Richard Nixon visits China
1974 Battle of the Paracel Islands
1975 Four Modernizations Yen Chia-kan
1976 Hua Guofeng

(Two Whatevers)
Tiananmen incident following the death of Zhou Enlai

The Great Tangshan earthquake

Death of Mao Zedong
1977 Beijing Spring
1978 Deng Xiaoping

(Deng Xiaoping Theory)
Chinese economic reforms Democracy Wall Movement Chiang Ching-kuo
1979 One-child policy

Four cardinal principles

Sino-American relations
Border-war with Vietnam. Series of border conflicts until 1990 Taiwan Relations Act passed by United States Congress Kaohsiung Incident
1980 Special Economic Zones Trial of
Gang of Four
1984 Margaret Thatcher in China, signs Sino-British Joint Declaration
1987 Lifting of Martial Law
1988 Johnson South Reef Skirmish with Viet Nam Lee Teng-hui
1989 Tiananmen Square protests PRC declares Martial law on Lhasa, Tibet Cheng Nan-jung self-immolation
1990 Wild Lily student movement
1991 First McDonald's restaurant in Beijing Democratic Progressive Party
Taiwanese Independence
1992 Jiang Zemin

(Three Represents)
1992 Consensus
1996 Karamay fire incident Third Taiwan Strait Crisis
1997 Hong Kong handover, becomes a Special Administrative Region Death of Deng Xiaoping
1998 Great Firewall of China Banning of China Democracy Party
1999 Macau handover

NATO bombing of embassy in Belgrade
Falun Gong banned by the PRC government Resolution on Taiwan's Future
2000 The PRC passes Japan as the country with which the USA has the largest trade deficit Chen Shui-bian DDP ended Kuomintang rule in the 2000 ROC election Four Noes and One Without
2001 Tiananmen Square self-immolation incident

Accession to World Trade Organization
Hainan Island incident
2002 Accession to World Trade Organization
2003 SARS outbreak Shenzhou 5, PRC's first manned space mission SARS outbreak
2004 Hu Jintao

(Scientific Development Concept)
Jiang Zemin retires from his post as Chairman of the Central Military Commission 3-19 shooting incident
2005 Anti-Secession law Jilin Chemical plant explosions

Anti-Japanese history revisionism
Pan-Blue visit
2006 Structural work finished in the Three Gorges Dam Renaming of "Chiang Kai-shek Airport" to "Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport"
2007 Head of SFDA Zheng Xiaoyu executed

Chang'e 1 of Lunar Exploration Program
Chinese slave scandal

Reincarnation application
Renaming "Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall" to "National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall"
2008 2008 Summer Olympics/2008 Summer Paralympics

Hangzhou Bay Bridge opens

Shenzhou 7 first spacewalk
Early winter storms

Tibetan unrest

Sichuan earthquake

Milk scandal
Ma Ying-jeou Cross-strait charter

1025 demonstration

Second Chen-Chiang summit

Wild Strawberry student movement
Lien Chen & Hu Jintao at APEC Peru
2009 Urumqi riots

60th Anniversary of the People's Republic of China
Typhoon Morakot World Games 2009
2010 2010 Yushu earthquake

2010 Shanghai World Expo
2011 Protests of Wukan 100th Anniversary of the Republic of China
2012 Xi Jinping

(Chinese Dream)
Wang Lijun incident

18th National Congress of CCP
Diaoyu Islands dispute Diaoyu Islands dispute
2013 Third Plenum of 18th Party Congress

Chang'e 3 landing on the moon

Shanghai Free Trade Zone

Tiananmen Square attack
Taiwan Pride parade (largest in Asia)


  1. ^ Xiaohong, et al. (2002).
  2. ^ a b c Huang et al. (2002).
  3. ^ [1]

See also[edit]

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  • Xaiohong, Wu et al. (2012). "Early Pottery at 20,000 Years Ago in Xianrendong Cave, China," in Science," Vol. 336, No. 6089.
  • Zhenguo, Huang et al. (2002). "The relative stability of prehistorical geographic environment in China's tropics on the basis of archaeology," in Journal of Geographical Sciences, Vol. 12, No. 4.

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