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13 May 2009 @ 01:49 pm
Chinese Dynasties Overview  

Quick overview of Chinese Dynasties. Many of the major Dynasties include sub dynasties and families that didn't live long and which I did not include in this table.

Before the Xia dynasty there is the Three Sovereign Ones and the Five Emperors (before 2205 BC) time which has a metaphysical background.

  1. Xia Dynasty 夏 (2205 BC - 1766 BC)
  2. Shang Dynasty 商 (1766 BC - 1066 BC)
  3. Zhou Dynasty 周 (1066 BC - 221 BC) - including West Zhou 西周, East Zhou 东周, Spring-and-Autumn Period 春秋时代, Warring States Period 战国时代
  4. Qin Dynasty 秦 (221 BC - 206 BC) - Beginning of Imperial China
  5. Han Dynasty 汉 (206 BC - 220 AD) - West Han and East Han
  6. Wei Jin Nan Bei Chao (Period of six Dynasties) 魏晋南北朝 (220 - 581) - including Sanguo 三国, E + W Jin Dynasty 西晋 东晋, Southern Dynasty, Northern Dynasty 南北朝
  7. Sui Dynasty 隋 (581 - 618)
  8. Tang Dynasty 唐 (618 - 907)
  9. Wudai Shiguo - Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms 五代十国 (907 - 979)
  10. Song Dynasty 宋 (960 - 1279) Nothern and Southern Song, almost the same time Liao Dynasty 辽, Western Xia 西夏 and Jin 金
  11. Yuan Dynasty 元 (1279 - 1368)
  12. Ming Dynasty 明 (1368 - 1644)
  13. Qing Dynasty 清 (1644 - 1911)
     
  14. Republic of China 中华民国 (1912 - 1949)
Visit wikipedia for more detailed information abot each of the dynasties, though their timetable may differ from mine.