Chinese Dynasties

      China has a recorded history of nearly 5000 years. More than 1.7 million years ago, the Yuanmou Man, a primitive human being lived on the land now called Yunnan. The Yuanmou Man marked the beginning of the Chinese civilization. In the long period of development, China experienced the stages of primitive society, slave society, and feudal society, semi-colonial and semi-feudal society. Dynasties come and go, whenever a dynasty replaced another, it usually brought great changes to the society. The following is a list of Chinese dynasties:


Xia (Dynasty)..............................................21st B.C. - 16th century B.C.(Period)
Shang............................................17th B.C - 1st century B.C.
Western Zhou......................... .... 11th century B.C - 771 B.C.
Eastern Zhou............................................770 B.C - 256 B.C.
Spring and Autumn Period............... .......770 B.C - 476 B.C.
Warring State Period.................. ..............475 B.C - 221 B.C.
Qin........................................ .............221 B.C.- 206 B.C.
Western Han................................. ....206 B.C. - A.D. 24
Eastern Han..............................................25 - 220
Three Kingdoms (Wei, Shu, Wu)............. .........220 - 280
Western Jin..............................................265 – 316
Eastern Jin..............................................317 - 420
Southern Dynasties.......................................420 - 589
Northern Dynasties...................................... 386 - 581
Sui......................................................581 - 618
Tang.....................................................618 - 907
Later Liang..................................................... 907 - 923
Later Tang .................................................... 923 - 936
Later Jin..................................................... 936 - 946
Later Han .................................................... 947 - 951
Later Zhou..................................................... 951 - 960
Ten States .................................................... 902 - 979
Five Dynasties.............................. ............907 - 960
Northern Song .......................................... 960 - 1127
Southern Song...........................................1127 - 1279
Liao.....................................................916 - 1125
Jin....................................... ..............1115 - 1234
Yuan.....................................................1271 - 1368
Ming.....................................................1368 - 1644
Qing.....................................................1644 - 1911
Republic of China........................................1912 - 1949
P. R. China..............................................1949 –