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A brief Chinese Chronology
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Dynasties

Dunhuang

Xia

2205–1766 BC (?)

Inhabited by the people of Yuezhi (whose descendents became the Kushan rulers of northwestern India between the 1st and the 5th centuries), Wusun and Xiong-nu (the Huns).

Shang

1766–1122 BC (?)

Zhou

Western Zhou 西
Eastern Zhou
770 – 256 BC
Spring & Autumn
770 – 476 BC
Warring States
475 – 221 BC

1122(?) – 771 BC

770 –221BC

Qin

221 - 206 BC

Han

Western Han 西  206 – 25 BC
Eastern Han
 25 BC – 220 AD

206 BC – 220 AD

Established as a garrison, 111 BC

Three kingdoms

Wei     220 – 265 AD
Shu Han
 
221 - 263 AD
Wu
    222 - 280 AD

220 –265 AD

Jin

Western Jin 西 265 – 316 AD
Eastern Jin
317 – 420 AD

265 – 420 AD

First cave built: 366
Sixteen Kingdoms (304-439)

Northern Liang (421-439)

Northern Wei(439-534)
Western Wei
(534-556)
Northern Zhou (557-581)

Northern & Southern Dynasties

Southern Dynasties 420- 589
Northern Dynasties
439 - 581

420 AD – 581 AD

Sui

581 – 618 AD

Tang

618 – 907 AD

Early Tang (618-705)
High Tang (705-781)
Middle Tang (781-848) (Tibetan ruling)
Late Tang (848-906)

Five Dynasties
五代

907 – 960 AD

Song

Northern Song 北宋960 – 1127 AD
Southern Song
南宋 1127 – 1279 AD

960 – 1279 AD

Western Xia(1038-1227)
Mongolia-Yuan (1227-1373)

Yuan

1271 – 1368 AD

Ming

1368 – 1644 AD

Qing

1644 – 1911 AD

Library Cave found in 1900