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Chinese Dynasties
Designation of Dynasty, Subdivisions, and Years Years of Dynastic Period
Mythical Rulers
    Fu Xi (Tai Hao): 2953 B.C.
    Shen Nong (Yan Di): 2838 B.C.
    Five Emperors*
        1. You Xiong (Huang Di): 2698-2599 B.C.
        2. Jin Tian (Shao Han): 2598-2515 B.C.
        3. Gao Yang (Zhuan Xu): 2514-2437 B.C.
        4. Gao Xin (Di Ku): 2436-2367 B.C.
        5. Gao Xin (Di Zhi): 2366-2357 B.C.
2953-2357 B.C.
Patriarchs
    Tao Tang (Yao): 2357-2258 B.C.
    You Yu (Shun): 2255-2205 B.C.
2357-2205 B.C.
Xia Dynasty
    Dating estimates from archeological sites
2205-1766 [1806] B.C.
[~2000-1500 B.C.]
[~2100-1600 B.C.]
Shang Dynasty
    Dating estimates from archeological sites
1766-1121 B.C.
[1700-1027 B.C.]
[1600-1066 B.C.]
Zhou Dynasty
    Kingdom of Zhou (Eastern Zhou): 1121 [1027/1134]-770 B.C.
    Chun Qiu (Period of the Annals; Spring and Autumn): 770-464 [476] B.C.
    Zhan Guo (Warring States): 464 [475]-221 B.C.
1121-255 B.C.
[1066-221 B.C.]
[770-221 B.C.]
Qin Dynasty
    Qin Shi Huang Di [first emperor]: 221-210 B.C.
221-206 B.C.
Han Dynasty**
    Western Han: 206 B.C.-25 A.D. [9 A.D.]
    Eastern Han: 25 A.D.-220 A.D.
206 B.C.-220 A.D.
Three Kingdoms
    Wei (North): 220-265 A.D.
    Shu (West): 221-265 A.D.
    Wu (South): 222 [229]-280 A.D.
220-280 A.D.
Jin Dynasty
    Western Jin: 265-317 A.D.
    Eastern Jin: 317-420 A.D.
265-420 A.D.
Song Dynasty 420-479 A.D.
Six Dynasties
    1. Qi Dynasty: 479-502 A.D.
    2. Liang Dynasty: 502-557 A.D.
    3. Chen Dynasty: 557-589 A.D.
    4. Wei Dynasty: 386-557 [533] A.D.
            Northern Wei Dynasty: 386-535 A.D.
            Western Wei Dynasty: 535-557 A.D.
            Eastern Wei Dynasty: 534-550 A.D.
    5. Northern Qi Dynasty: 550-589 [577] A.D.
    6. Northern Zhou Dynasty: 557-589 A.D.
479-589 A.D.
Sui Dynasty 589 [581]-618 A.D.
Tang Dynasty 618-907 A.D.
Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms ***
    1. Later Liang: 907-923 A.D.
    2. Later Tang: 923-936 A.D.
    3. Later Jin: 936-947 A.D.
    4. Later Han: 947-951 A.D.
    5. Later Zhou: 951-960 A.D.
907-960 A.D.
Song Dynasty
    Northern Song: 960-1127 A.D.
    Southern Song: 1127-1280 A.D. (Jin)
960-1280 A.D.
Yuan Dynasty (Mongol) 1280-1368 A.D.
Ming Dynasty 1368-1644 A.D.
Qing Dynasty (Manchu) 1644-1911 A.D.
 
   
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