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Table of Chinese Imperial Reigns (1)

Historical Overview


  1. The Pre-Imperial (Feudal) Period (Periods 1-4)
    (Prehistory through the Warring States, ending in 222 BC)
  2. Early Imperial Period (Periods 5-6)
    (Qín & Hàn dynasties, 221 BC - AD 220)
  3. First Intermediate Period (Periods 7-10) (AD 220-581)
  4. Middle Imperial Period (Periods 11-12)
    (Suí and Táng dynasties, AD 581-907)
  5. Second Intermediate Period (Periods 13-14) (AD 907-979)
  6. Third Imperial Period (Periods 15-19)
    (Sòng through Yuán dynasties, AD 960-1367)
  7. Modern Period (Periods 20-23)
    (Míng dynasty through Post-Imperial Period, AD 1368 to present)

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1. The Wǔ dì jì or Mythic Period of the Five Emperors

Dynasty CodeReign CodeDynastyEmperor's Temple
Name
StartEnd
01a0Wǔ dì jì 五帝紀 五帝纪-10000-2208
01a 1Tài hào 太昊
(= Fú Xī 伏羲)
-5000-4000
01a 2Yán dì 炎帝
(= Shén nóng 神農 神农)
-4000-3000
01a 3Huáng dì 黄帝
(= Xuān yuán 軒轅 轩辕)
-2697-2599
01a 4Shào hào 少昊-2598-2514
01a 5Zhuān xù 顓頊 颛顼-2514-2436
01a 6Dì kù 帝嚳 帝喾-2436-2366
01a 7Dì Zhì 帝摯 帝挚-2366-2357
01a 8Yáo 堯帝 尧帝-2357-2258
01a 9Shùn 舜帝-2257-2208

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2. The Xià Dynasty

Dynasty CodeReign CodeDynastyEmperor's Temple
Name
StartEnd
02a 0Xià -2207-1766
02a 1Dà Yǔ 大禹-2207-2197
02a 2 -2197-2188
02a 3Tài kāng 太康-2188-2159
02a 4Zhòng kāng 仲康-2159-2146
02a 5Xiāng -2146-2118
02a 6Hán zhuó 寒浞-2118-2079
02a 7Shào kāng 少康-2079-2057
02a 8Zhù -2057-2040
02a 9Huái -2040-2014
02a 10Máng -2014-1996
02a 11-1996-1980
02a 12Bù jiàng 不降-1980-1921
02a 13Jiōng -1921-1900
02a 14Jǐn -1900-1879
02a 15Kǒng jiǎ 孔甲-1879-1848
02a 16Gāo -1848-1837
02a 17 -1837-1818
02a 18Jié guǐ 桀癸-1818-1766

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3. The Shāng Dynasty

Dynasty CodeReign CodeDynastyEmperor's Temple
Name
StartEnd
03a 0Shāng -1765-1122
03a 1Tiān yǐ 天乙 = [Chéng] Tāng 成湯 成汤-1765
03a 2Tài dīng 太丁-1759
03a 3Wài bǐng 外丙-1759-1757
03a 4Zhòng rén 仲壬-1757-1753
03a 5Tài jiǎ 太甲-1753-1720
03a 6Wù dīng 沃丁-1720-1691
03a 7Tài gēng 太庚-1691-1666
03a 8Xiǎo jiǎ 小甲-1666-1649
03a 9Yōng jǐ 雍己-1649-1637
03a 10Tài wù 太戊-1637-1562
03a 11Zhòng dīng 仲丁-1562-1549
03a 12Wài rén 外壬-1549-1534
03a 13Hé dǎn jiǎ 河亶甲-1534-1525
03a 14Zǔ yǐ 祖乙-1525-1506
03a 15Zǔ xīn 祖辛-1506-1490
03a 16Wù jiǎ 沃甲-1490-1465
03a 17Zǔ dīng 祖丁-1465-1433
03a 18Nán gēng 南庚-1433-1408
03a 19Yáng jiǎ 陽甲 阳甲-1408-1401
03a 20Pán gēng 盤庚 盘庚-1401-1373
03a 21Xiǎo xīn 小辛-1373-1352
03a 22Xiǎo yǐ 小乙-1352-1324
03a 23Wǔ dīng 武丁-1324-1265
03a 24Zǔ gēng 祖庚-1265-1258
03a 25Zǔ jiǎ 祖甲-1258-1225
03a 26Lǐn xīn 廩辛 廪辛-1225-1219
03a 27Gēng dīng 庚丁-1219-1198
03a 28Wǔ yǐ 武乙-1198-1194
03a 29Wén dīng 文丁-1194-1191
03a 30Dì yǐ 帝乙-1191-1154
03a 31Dì xīn 帝辛 (= Zhòu ) -1154-1122
03b 0Yīn Shāng 殷商(Obsolete. = 03a.20-31)-1401-1122

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4. The Zhōu Dynasty

Dynasty CodeReign CodeDynastyEmperor's Temple
Name
StartEnd
04a 0Zhōu (= Jī Zhōu 姬周代)-1121-222
04b 0Xī zhōu 西周-1121-771
04b 1Wǔ wáng 武王-1121-1115
04b 2Chéng wáng 成王-1115-1078
04b 3Kāng wáng 康王-1078-1052
04b 4Zhāo wáng 昭王-1052-1001
04b 5Mù wáng 穆王-1001-946
04b 6Gòng wáng 共王-946-934
04b 7Yì wáng 懿王-934-909
04b 8Xiào wáng 孝王-909-894
04b 9Yí wáng 夷王-894-878
04b 10Lì wáng 厲王 厉王-878-841
04b 11Gòng hé wáng 共和王-841-827
04b 12Xuān wáng 宣王-827-781
04b 13Yōu wáng 幽王-781-771
04c 0Dōng zhōu 東周 东周-770-256
04c 1Píng wáng 平王-770-719
04c 2Huán wáng 桓王-719-696
04c 3Zhuāng wáng 莊王 庄王-696-681
04c 4Xī wáng 僖王-681-676
04c 5Huì wáng 惠王-676-651
04c 6Xiāng wáng 襄王-651-618
04c 7Qīng wáng 頃王 顷王-618-612
04c 8Kuāng wáng 匡王-612-606
04c 9Dìng wáng 定王-606-685
04c 10Jiǎn wáng 簡王 简王-685-571
04c 11Líng wáng 靈王 灵王-571-544
04c 12Jǐng wáng 景王-544-519
04c 13Jìng wáng 敬王-519-475
04c 14Yuán wáng 元王-475-468
04c 15Zhēn dìng wáng 貞定王 贞定王-468-440
04c 16Kǎo wáng 考王-440-425
04c 17Wēi liè wáng 威烈王-425-401
04c 18Ān wáng 安王-401-375
04c 19Liè wáng 烈王-375-368
04c 20Xiǎn wáng 顯王 显王-368-320
04c 21Shèn chìng wáng 慎靜王 慎静王-320-314
04c 22Nǎn wáng 赧王-314-256
04c 23Dōng zhōu jūn東周君 东周君-256-249
04d 0Chūn qiū 春秋
or Spring & Autumn
-722-481
04d 1Qí Huán gōng 薺桓公 荠桓公-685-643
04d 2Qín Mù gōng 秦穆公-659-621
04d 3Sòng Xiāng gōng 宋襄公-650-637
04d 4Jìn Wén gōng 晉文公 晋文公-635-628
04d 5Chǔ Zhuāng gōng 楚莊公 楚庄公-613-591
04e 0Zhàn guó 戰國 战国
or Warring States
-403-222

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  1. The Pre-Imperial (Feudal) Period (Periods 1-4)
    (Prehistory through the Warring States, ending in 222 BC)
  2. Early Imperial Period (Periods 5-6)
    (Qín & Hàn dynasties, 221 BC - AD 220)
  3. First Intermediate Period (Periods 7-10) (AD 220-581)
  4. Middle Imperial Period (Periods 11-12)
    (Suí and Táng dynasties, AD 581-907)
  5. Second Intermediate Period (Periods 13-14) (AD 907-979)
  6. Third Imperial Period (Periods 15-19)
    (Sòng through Yuán dynasties, AD 960-1367)
  7. Modern Period (Periods 20-23)
    (Míng dynasty through Post-Imperial Period, AD 1368 to present)

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