Neolithic Period: c. 10,000 B.C.–2400 B.C

Xia Dynasty: c. 2070–1600 B.C.

Shang Dynasty: c. 1600–1045 B.C.

Zhou Dynasty: c. 1050–256 B.C.

  • Western Zhou Dynasty: c . 1050–771 B.C.
  • Eastern Zhou Dynasty: c. 770–222 B.C.
  • Warring States Period: 475–221 B.C.

Qin Dynasty: c. 221–207 B.C.

Han Dynasty: c. 206 B.C.–A.D. 220

  • Western Han Dynasty: 206 B.C.–A.D. 9
  • Eastern Han Dynasty: A.D. 25–220

Three Kingdoms Period: 220–280

Western Jin Dynasty: 265–316

Eastern Jin Dynasty: 317–420

Northern and Southern Dynasties: 386–589

Sui Dynasty: 581–618

Tang Dynasty: 618–907

Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms: 907–960

Liao Dynasty: 916–1125

Northern Song Dynasty: 960–1127

Southern Song Dynasty: 1127–1279

Jin Dynasty: 1115–1234

Yuan Dynasty: 1260–1368

Ming Dynasty: 1368–1644

Qing Dynasty: 1644–1911

Republic of China: 1911–1949

People’s Republic of China: 1949–present