Our Chinese history section has a series of pages that survey the incredible history of China from the earliest times to the present day. These summary pages give information about all the important people and events in China's history.
Most countries can look back to a few hundred years of continuous recorded history; China looks back to thousands of years. From earliest times an accurate account of events has been treasured by the Chinese, this is embodied in the character 史 shǐ ‘history’ which also has the meaning ‘impartial’. Chinese people know their heritage well and have a long tradition of revering their ancestors. A good knowledge of Chinese history is essential to understand and relate to its people.
We include sections on significant events in Chinese history, particularly the last turbulent 150 years, these include the Taiping Rebellion; coming of railways; the Imperial system; and the Opium Wars. We will continue to add further topics.
Click on the time chart on the left to go to a particular time period. Hover the mouse over a dynasty to pop-up a list of key dates during each dynasty and then click on it to go to a more detailed page. You can also navigate between dynasties by clicking on the time bar at the top of each dynasty page.
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