Index to Chronologies of
Rulers in China

The ruling family's ethnicity, if not Han, appears in square brackets after the name of the dynasty or kingdom.

Legendary Dynasties

Huang-Di, the Yellow Emperor, After 2697 bce

Xia, 18th–15th centuries bce?

Shang, 15th–11th centuries bce?

Zhou, 1050–249 bce

Feudal States of the Zhou Era
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Cao, 865–487 bce

Chen, 855–478 bce

Cai, 864–447 bce

Chi, 676–445 bce

Cheng, 806–375 bce

Sung, 859–286 bce

Lu Dynasty, 855–250 bce

Wu Dynasty, ?–473 bce

Yueh Dynasty, 496–333 bce

Wei Dynasty (first), 855–209 bce

Chin Dynasty, 859–376 bce

Zhao Dynasty, 518–222 bce

Second Wei Dynasty, 424–225 bce

Han Dynasty, 426–230 bce

Chu Dynasty, 877–224 bce

Qi Dynasty, 879–221 bce

Yan, 864–222 bce

Qin Kingdom, 897–bce

Qin Dynasty and Civil War

Qin Dynasty, 221–207 bce

Chu Kingdom, 209–202 bce

Qi Kingdom, 209–202 bce

Zhao Kingdom, 209-202 bce

Yen Kingdom, 209–202 bce

Second Wei Kingdom, 209–205 bce

Han Kingdom, 206–195 bce

Han Empire, 202 bce–220

Western Han Dynasty, 202 bce–9 ce

Xin Dynasty, 9–23 ce

Eastern Han Dynasty, 25–220

Sanguo, 220–280

Cao Wei Kingdom, 215–265

Sun Wu Kingdom, 222–280

Shu Han Kingdom, 221–265

Jin

Western Jin Dynasty, 265–317

Eastern Jin Dynasty, 317–420

Cheng Dynasty, 301–347

The (southern) Six Dynasties (Linchao), 222–589

This term includes the Sun Wu and Eastern Jin, above, and the four dynasties listed under Southern Dynasties, below.

The Sixteen Kingdoms, 304-439

The 16 named by Cui Hong in Spring and Autumn Annals of the Sixteen Kingdoms

Former Liang, 313–376

Later Han, 384–396

Northern Yan, 408–435

Western Liang, 401–421

Xia, 407–431

Former Zhao or Northern Han Kingdom, 304–329

Later Zhao, [Xiongnu], 319–353

Former Qin, [Tibetan], 349–394

Later Qin, [Tibetan], 383–417

Former Yan, [Xianbei], 281–370

Southern Liang, [Xianbei], 396–414

Later Yan, [Xianbei], 384–408

Later Liang, [Di], 386–403

Southern Yan, [Xianbei], 398–410

Western Qin, [Xianbei], 385–431

Northern Liang, [Xiongnu], 398–439

Others

Tai, 338–376

Nan-Bei Chao

Southern Dynasties 南朝, 420–589

Liu-Song Dynasty, 420–479

Southern Qi Dynasty, 479–502

Southern Liang Dynasty, 502–557

Southern Chen Dynasty, 557–589

Northern Dynasties, 439–581

Northern Wei Kingdom, [Xianbei], 386–534

Eastern Wei Dynasty, [Xianbei], 534–550

Western Wei Dynasty, [Xianbei] 535–556

Northern Zhou Dynasty, [Xianbei], 556–581

Northern Qi Dynasty, 550–577

Later Liang Kingdom, 555–587

Sui Dynasty, 581–618

Tang Dynasty, 618–907

Wudai Shiguo, Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms, 902–979

The Five Dynasties, 907–960

Later Liang, 907–923

Later Tang, [Shatuo], 923–936

Later Jin, [Shatuo], 936–946

Later Han, [Shatuo], 947–950

Later Zhou, 951–960

 

The Ten Kingdoms, 902–979

Wu (Huai-nan), 902–937

Southern Tang, 937–975

Wu-Yue, 907–978

Chu, 927–951

Min Kingdom, 909–945

Southern Han, 917–971

Former Shu, 903–925

Later Shu, 933–965

Jingnan, 924–963

Northern Han, [Shatuo], 951–979

Song, 960–1279

Northern Song, 960–1127

Southern Song, 1127–1279

Northern Nomadic Dynasties

Liao, [Khitan], 916–1125

Jin, [Jurchen], 1115–1234

Xixia, [Tangut], 1038–1227

Yuan Dynasty [Mongol], 1279–1368

Ming Dynasty, 1368–1644

Qing Dynasty, 1644–1912

for further reading

Wang Kefu and Li Min.
Zhonghua tongshi da lidian (Comprehensive concordance of calendrical tables of Chinese history). 3 volumes.
Sichuan minzu, 1996.

Huge, 4,600-page reference correlating Chinese and Western calendars.

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