Visual Timeline: China (960 – 1644): Song to Ming Dynasty

As part of the Visual Timeline series, this pages highlights key events in China.

Oversimplified Chinese dynasties timeline:

960: Song dynasty (960-1279) unifies China; Song Taizu first emperor; best living standards in world, gunpowder, printing, paper money, compass

1004: Song dynasty agrees to pay tributes to Khitan Liao