Imperial China

History makes it begin with the Xia dynasty in -2205, but it is only with Qin Shi Huangdi - considered as the first emperor - that feudal China gives way to a strong and centralized power.

After decades of decadence under the Qing Dynasty, the Chinese Revolution of 1911 struck a fatal blow to the imperial system, and the Republic of China was officially proclaimed on January 1, 1912.

Drapeau dynastie chinoise

Dynasties of Imperial China

DynastiesYears
Xia dynasty xià 2100 BC - 1600 BC 500 years
Shang dynasty shāng 1600 BC - 1046 BC 554 years
Western Zhou dynasty 西周 xī zhōu 1046 BC - 771 BC 275 années
Eastern Zhou dynasty 東周 dōng zhōu 770 BC - 256 BC 514 years
Spring and Auumn period 春秋 chūn qiū 722 BC - 476 BC 246 years
Warring States period 戰國 zhàn guó 475 BC - 221 BC 254 years
Imperial dynasties
Qin dynasty qín 221 BC - 206 BC 15 years
Western Han dynasty 西漢 xī hàn 206 BC - AD 9 215 years
Xin dynasty xīn 9 - 26 15 years
Eastern Han dynasty 東漢 dōng hàn 25 - 220 195 years
Three H`Kingdoms 三國 sān guó 220 - 265 45 years
Western Jin dynasty 西晉 xī jìn 265 - 317 52 years
Eastern Jin dynasty 東晉 dōng jìn 317 - 420 103 years
Southern and Northern dynasties 南北朝 nán běi cháo 420 - 581 161 years
Sui dynasty suí 581 - 618 37 years
Tang dynasty táng 618 - 907 289 years
Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms 五代十國 wǔ dài shí guó 907 - 960 53 years
Northern Song dynasty 北宋 běi sòng 960 - 1127 167 years
Southern Song dynasty 南宋 nán sòng 1127 - 1279 152 years
Liao dynasty liáo 916 - 1125 209 years
Jin dynasty jīn 1115 - 1234 119 years
Yuan dynasty yuán 1271 - 1368 97 years
Ming dynasty míng 1368 - 1644 276 years
Qind dynasty qīng 1644 - 1912 267 years