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Highlights Of Chinese History



1.6 Million BCE

YuanMou Man
Earliest human findings.
Stone tools and use of fire.
700-500,000 BCE

LanTian Man, Peking Man
20,000 BCE

Upper Cave Man
5,000 BCE

YangShao Culture
Farming villages in the Yellow River Valleys, Painted pottery.
2,500 BCE

LongShan Culture
East China and Central River Valleys. Wheel-made pottery. Divination and Ancestrial worship.
2852-2205 BCE

Three Rulers & Five Emperors
Mythical rulers, credited with inventing farming, building, medicine, silk culture.
2205-1766 BCE

Xia Dynasty
China's legendary first dynasty. Emperor Yu, is credited with flood control and irrigation systems.
1766-1122 BCE

Shang Dynasty
The Shang was one of the oldest tribes of ancient China, concentrated mainly along the lower reaches of the Yellow River in Hebei Province. Later they extended their influence into a great parth of nothern and central China. Ritual bronze vessels and "oracle bones" calligraphy. Evidence of a relatively sophisticated medical system using acupuncture needles and medical observations inscribed. *
1122-256 BCE

Zhou Dynasty
Western Zhou later cited as a model period. Capital city near Xian. Confucius born in 551 BCE. Flowering in classical literature, arts, and philosophy; Confuciansim, Taoism. Lao Tze and Chuang Tze lived around this period. The first transporation canals were built. Internal alchemy, meditation, and breathing techniques were developed. *
770-256 BCE

Eastern Zhou
722-481 BCE

Spring and Autumn
403-221 BCE

Warring States
221-206 BCE

Qin Dynasty
Unification of China. State walls are joined to form the Great Wall. Palace and mausoleum near Xian, standardization of weights, measures, calligraphy. *
206 BCE-220 CE

Han Dynasty
Capitals at Changan and Luoyang rivals that of Rome. Buddhism enters China from India. Birth of Confucian civil service. Paper invented. *
206 BCE-9 CE

Western Han
25 CE-220 CE

Eastern Han
220-280 CE

Three Kingdoms
Wei, Shu-Han, Wu
Han generals divide empire. This period is romanticized as a time of chivalry and heorism in later literature.
265-316 CE

Western Jin
China briefly united under one Emperor. Capitals at Luoyang, Changan.
317-589 CE

Southern and Northern Dynasties
Succession of numerous dynasties, including 24 short-lived ones, on the north and south sides of the Yangtze. Developing period for Buddhism. Cave temples at Dunhuang, Yungang, and Longmen.
317-420 CE

Eastern Jin
386-534 CE

Northern Wei
386-535 CE   Bohidarma (TaMo) arrives in China. Shaolin Monastery built and Shaolin boxing develops in the temples
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