Timeline of China (960-1644): Song, Yuan, Ming Dynasties

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




Imperial passport of Kublai Khan, 1240. Source




Zheng He’s ship compared to Columbus’ Santa Maria, who lived and sailed at same time. Source

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