Timeline of the Chu–Han Contention

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This is a timeline of the Chu–Han Contention.

Timeline of events
Year Events
207 BC
  • A coalition rebel army led by Xiang Yu defeats Qin forces led by Zhang Han at the Battle of Julu.
  • End of the Qin dynasty.
    • The last Qin emperor, Ziying, surrenders to Liu Bang.
  • Liu Bang's army occupies the Qin capital, Xianyang.
206 BC
  • Feast at Hong Gate
  • Xiang Yu's army occupies Xianyang and sacks the city.
  • Xiang Yu promotes King Huai II of Chu to "Emperor Yi of Chu" and relocates him to Chen County.
  • Xiang Yu divides the former Qin Empire into the Eighteen Kingdoms.
    • Xiang Yu declares himself "Hegemon-King of Western Chu".
    • Liu Bang is granted the title "King of Han".
  • Han Xin leaves Western Chu and joins Han.
  • Rebellion in Qi
    • Tian Rong conquers the Kingdom of Qi. Qi's ruler, Tian Du, flees to Western Chu.
    • Tian Rong conquers the Kingdom of Jiaodong and kills its ruler, Tian Fu.
  • Xiang Yu kills Han Cheng (King of Hán).
  • Zhang Liang joins Han.
  • Liu Bang appoints Han Xin as a general.
  • Tian Rong sends Peng Yue to conquer the Kingdom of Jibei and kill its ruler, Tian An.
  • Ying Bu (King of Jiujiang) kills Emperor Yi of Chu.
  • Han forces secretly pass through Chencang.
Start of the Chu–Han contention
Year Events
206 BC
  • Zhang Han (King of Yong) is defeated by Han forces. He retreats to Feiqiu.
  • Dong Yi (King of Di) and Sima Xin (King of Sai) surrender to Han.
  • Zang Tu (King of Yan) kills Han Guang (King of Liaodong).
  • Xiang Yu appoints Zheng Chang as the King of Hán.
  • Zhao Tuo proclaims himself "King Wu of Nanyue".
  • Shen Yang (King of Henan) surrenders to Han.
  • Rebellion in Zhao
    • Chen Yu conquers the Kingdom of Changshan. Zhang Er (King of Changshan) flees to Han.
    • Chen Yu helps Zhao Xie (King of Dai) become the King of Zhao and then replaces Zhao Xie as the King of Dai.
  • Hán Xin conquers the Kingdom of Hán with support from Han. Zheng Chang surrenders.
205 BC
  • Xiang Yu attacks Tian Rong. Tian Rong retreats to Pingyuan and dies there. Xiang Yu appoints Tian Jia as the King of Qi.
  • Wei Bao (King of Wei) surrenders to Han.
  • Sima Ang (King of Yin) is captured by Han forces.
  • Tian Jia is defeated by Tian Heng (Tian Rong's younger brother).
    • Tian Jia is killed by Xiang Yu after joining Western Chu.
    • Tian Heng helps Tian Guang (Tian Rong's son) become the King of Qi.
  • Battle of Pengcheng
  • Peng Yue joins Han.
  • Battle of Jingsuo
    • Liu Bang occupies Xingyang. Han forces start building supply routes linking Xingyang and Aocang.
  • Liu Bang names his son, Liu Ying, as his crown prince.
    • Han forces flood Feiqiu. Zhang Han commits suicide.
  • Battle of Anyi
  • Han Xin conquers the Kingdom of Dai and captures its chancellor, Xia Shuo.
  • Battle of Jingxing
  • Han Xin receives the surrender of the Kingdom of Yan.
  • Ying Bu (King of Jiujiang) defects to Han.
204 BC
  • Western Chu attacks Han supply lines.
  • Xiang Yu dismisses Fan Zeng after falling for Chen Ping's ruse. Fan Zeng dies of illness on his journey home.
  • Battle of Xingyang
    • Wei Bao (King of Wei) is killed by Zhou Ke and Zong Gong. Zhou Ke and Zong Gong die after Xingyang falls to Chu forces.
    • Hán Xin (King of Hán) is captured by Xiang Yu.
  • Yuan Sheng advises Liu Bang to attack the cities of Wan and Ye.
  • Peng Yue defeats Chu forces at Xiapi.
  • Xiang Yu turns back to attack Peng Yue. Liu Bang uses the opportunity to seize Chenggao.
  • Xiang Yu defeats Peng Yue, conquers Xingyang, and besieges Liu Bang in Chenggao.
  • Liu Bang breaks out of the siege and escapes to Zhao. Liu Bang takes over Han Xin and Zhang Er's command of the Han army in Zhao.
  • Gong Ao (King of Linjiang) dies and is succeeded by his son, Gong Wei.
  • Liu Bang sends Li Yiji to Qi to persuade Tian Guang (King of Qi) to surrender.
  • Battle of Si River
  • Han Xin attacks Qi and conquers Lixia and Linzi (Qi's capital). Li Yiji is executed by Tian Guang.
  • Battle of Wei River
    • Long Ju is killed in action.
    • Tian Guang is killed while trying to escape. Tian Heng proclaims himself the King of Qi.
  • Liu Bang appoints Zhang Er as the King of Zhao.
203 BC
202 BC
End of the Chu–Han contention
Year Events
202 BC
  • Vassal kings appointed by Liu Bang:
  • Liu Bang establishes the Han dynasty and becomes the Emperor of China.
  • Emperor Gaozu (Liu Bang) disbands the military and grants amnesty to convicts.
  • Zang Tu starts a rebellion.
  • Tian Heng (former King of Qi) commits suicide in Luoyang.
  • Zhang Er dies and is succeeded by his son, Zhang Ao.
  • Emperor Gaozu suppresses Zang Tu's rebellion and captures him.
  • Linjiang is conquered by Han. Gong Wei is captured and executed.