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China Index

Dates
     Dynasty

ca. 21st-16th century B.C. 
      Xia
1700-1027 B.C. 
     Shang
1027-771 B.C. 
     Western Zhou
770-221 B.C. 
     Eastern Zhou
770-476 B.C. 
     Spring and Autumn period
475-221 B.C. 
     Warring States period
221-207 B.C. 
     Qin
206 B.C.-A.D. 9 
     Western Han
A.D. 9-24
     Xin (Wang Mang interregnum)
A.D. 25-220 
     Eastern Han
A.D. 220-280 
     Three Kingdoms (San Guo)
220-265 
     Wei
221-263 
     Shu
229-280 
     Wu
A.D. 265-316 
     Western Jin
A.D. 317-420 
     Eastern Jin
A.D. 420-588 
     Southern and Northern Dynasties
420-588 
     Southern Dynasties
420-478 
     Song
479-501 
     Qi
502-556 
     Liang
557-588 
     Chen
386-588 
     Northern Dynasties
386-533 
     Northern Wei
534-549 
     Eastern Wei
535-557 
     Western Wei
550-577 
     Northern Qi
557-588 
     Northern Zhou
A.D. 581-617 
     Sui
A.D. 618-907
     Tang
A.D. 907-960
     Five Dynasties
A.D. 907-979 
     Ten Kingdoms
916-1125 
     Liao
960-1279
     Song
960-1127 
     Northern Song
1127-1279 
     Southern Song
1038-1227
     Western Xia
1115-1234
     Jin
1279-1368
     Yuan
1368-1644
     Ming
1644-1911
     Qing

Source: Based on information from China Handbook Editorial Committee, China Handbook Series: History (trans., Dun J. Li), Beijing, 1982, 188-89; and Shao Chang Lee, "China's Cultural Development" (wall chart), East Lansing, 1964.

Data as of July 1987











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