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.
- Xia Dynasty 夏 (2205 BC - 1766 BC)
- Shang Dynasty 商 (1766 BC - 1066 BC)
- 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
- Qin Dynasty 秦 (221 BC - 206 BC) - Beginning of Imperial China
- Han Dynasty 汉 (206 BC - 220 AD) - West Han and East Han
- 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
- Sui Dynasty 隋 (581 - 618)
- Tang Dynasty 唐 (618 - 907)
- Wudai Shiguo - Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms 五代十国 (907 - 979)
- Song Dynasty 宋 (960 - 1279) Nothern and Southern Song, almost the same time Liao Dynasty 辽, Western Xia 西夏 and Jin 金
- Yuan Dynasty 元 (1279 - 1368)
- Ming Dynasty 明 (1368 - 1644)
- Qing Dynasty 清 (1644 - 1911)
- Republic of China 中华民国 (1912 - 1949)