Rise of Northern Wei (386–535) and the Sinicization movement

With the fall of the Northern Liang in 439, Emperor Taiwu united northern China, ending the Sixteen Kingdoms period and beginning the Northern and Southern dynasties period with their southern rivals, the Liu Song.

Short life of Wangmang’s Xin Dynasty

In AD 9, the usurper Wang Mang claimed that the Mandate of Heaven called for the end of the Han dynasty and the rise of his own, and he founded the short-lived Xin ("New")...

Erlitou culture: Stunning Capital of Xia Dynasty Unearthed

Chinese archaeologists found a large-scale building foundation in Erlitou Ruins of Yanshi, central China's Henan Province, which belongs to the later period of Xia Dynasty. The discovery, the first of its kind in China,...

Eastern Han Dynasty

The Eastern Han dynasty was one of the most prolific era of science and technology in ancient China, notably the historic invention of papermaking by Cai Lun, and the numerous scientific and mathematical contributions by the famous polymath Zhang Heng.

Yuan dynasty

The Yuan Dynasty was formally proclaimed in 1271, when the Great Khan of Mongol, Kublai Khan, one of the grandsons of Genghis Khan, assumed the title of the Emperor of China, and considered his...

Yellow Turban Rebellion

The Yellow Turban Rebellion was a peasant revolt in China against the Han dynasty. The uprising broke out in the year 184 during the reign of Emperor Ling. It took 21 years until the uprising...

Yu the Great

Yu the Great (大禹) was long regarded as an ideal ruler and kind of philosopher king by the ancient Chinese. He was a legendary ruler in ancient China famed for his introduction of flood control, inaugurating dynastic rule in China by...

Shang Dynasty

Since many historians question whether the Xia Dynasty really existed, the Shang Dynasty may have actually been the first in China and the origin of what has come to be recognized as Chinese culture.

History of China: timeline

What is now China was inhabited by Homo erectus more than a million years ago. Recent study shows that the stone tools found at Xiaochangliang site are magnetostratigraphically dated to 1.36 million years ago. 

The Hsia Dynasty

Yü of Hsia was styled Wênming (literally 'accomplishments and orders'). Yü's father was Kun, whose father was the Emperor Ch‘uanhsü, whose father was Ch‘angyi, whose father was Huangti; so Yü was Huangti's great-great-grandson, and Ch‘uanhsü's...

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