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China History
China, one of the countries that can boast of an ancient civilization, has a long and mysterious history - almost 5,000 years of it! Like most other great civilizations of the world, China can trace her culture back to a blend of small original tribes which have expanded till they became the great country we have today.
It is recorded that Yuanmou man is the oldest hominoid in China and the oldest dynasty is Xia Dynasty. From the long history of China, there emerge many eminent people that have contributed a lot to the development of the whole country and to the enrichment of her history. Among them, there are emperors like Li Shimin (emperor Taizong of the Tang), philosophers like Confucius, great patriotic poets like Qu Yuan and so on.
Chinese society has progressed through five major stages - Primitive Society, Slave Society, Feudal Society, Semi-feudal and Semi-colonial Society, and Socialist Society. The rise and fall of the great dynasties forms a thread that runs through Chinese history, almost from the beginning. Since the founding of the People's Republic of China on October 1st, 1949, China has become a socialist society and become stronger and stronger.
 
List of China Dynasties
Chinese Dynasties
Period
Prehistorical Times
1.7 million years - the 21st century BC
Xia
21st - 16th century BC
Shang
16th - 11th century BC
Zhou
Western Zhou (11th century BC - 771 BC)
Eastern Zhou
---- Spring and Autumn Period (770 BC - 476 BC)
---- Warring States Period (476 BC - 221 BC)
Qin
221 BC - 206 BC
Han
Western Han (206 BC - 24 AD)
Eastern Han (25 - 220)
Three Kingdom
220 - 280
Jin
Western Jin (265 - 316)
Eastern Jin (317 - 420)
Northern and Southern Dynasties
Northern Dynasties (386 - 581)
Southern Dynasties (420 - 589)
Sui
581 - 618
Tang
618 - 907
5 Dynasties and 10 States
Five Dynasties
---- Later Liang (907 - 923)
---- Later Tang (923 - 936)
---- Later Jin (936 - 946)
---- Later Han (947 - 951)
---- Later Zhou (951 - 960)
Ten States (902 - 979)
Song
Northern Song (960 - 1127)
Southern Song (1127 - 1279)
Liao
916 --- 1125
Jin
1115 --- 1234
Yuan
1271 --- 1368
Ming
1368 --- 1644
Qing
1644 --- 1911
Republic Of China
1912 --- 1949
People’s Republic Of China
1949 ---
 
 

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