A brief Chinese chronology
Xia Dynasty

about 2070 BC-1600 BC

Shang Dynasty

about 1600 BC-1046 BC

Zhou Dynasty

Western Zhou Dynasty

Eastern Zhou Dynasty

Spring and Autumn Period

Warring States

about 1046 BC-221 BC

about 1046 BC-771 BC

770BC-256BC

770BC-476BC

475BC-221BC

Qin Dynasty

221BC-206BC

Han Dynasty

Western Han

Eastern Han

202BC-220AD

202BC-8AD

25AD-220AD

Three Kingdoms

Wei

Shu

Wu

220AD-280AD

220AD-265AD

221AD-263AD

222AD-280AD

Jin Dynasty

Western Jin Dynasty

Eastern Jin Dynasty

265AD-420AD

265AD-316AD

317AD-420AD

Sixteen Kingdoms

304AD-439AD

Northern and Southern Dynasties

Northern Dynasties

Southern Dynasties

386AD-589AD

386AD-581AD

420AD-589AD

Sui Dynasty

581AD-618AD

Tang Dynasty

618AD-907AD

Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms

907AD-979AD

Song Dynasty

Northern Song Dynasty 

Southern Song Dynasty

960AD-1276AD

960AD-1127AD

1127AD-1276AD

Liao Dynasty

916AD-1125AD

Western Xia Dynasty

1038AD-1227AD

Jin Dynasty

1115AD-1234AD

Yuan Dynasty

1271AD-1368AD

Ming Dynasty

1368AD-1644AD

Qing Dynasty

1644AD-1911AD

Republic of China

1912AD-1949AD

People's Republic of China

founded on Oct.1, 1949

  

     

  

Source: China Yearbook 2004