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Beginning in 221 BC and continuing until 1911, most of China was united under the rule of a single person; The Emperor. 157 Emperors have controlled the vast expanse known as the Middle Kingdom. Through China's long history, the borders have changed dramatically. During most periods, the land that makes up modern day China was actually several different kingdoms. The dynasties outlined in this section refer to only the dominant kingdom of the period. Many other kingdoms also existed within the borders of China during this time. Below is a list of the major dynasties. Click on any of the links to view the Emperor's of each period. There are many links to more information throughout the text of these sections. Use your "back" button in your browser, or the links below to navigate.
Qin Dynasty 221-207 BC Five Dynasties 908-960
Han Dynasty 206 BC - 220 AD Song Dynasty 960-1279
Three Kingdoms 220-280 Yuan Dynasty 1279-1368
Period of Disunion 281-617 Ming Dynasty 1368-1644
Tang Dynasty 618-907 Qing Dynasty 1644-1911


The Great Wall of China The Forbidden City
The Terracotta Army Along the Silk Road
Dragon & Phoenix ~ Silk Embroidery
Silk Embroidery
Gold Leaf Painted ~ 10 Inch Turnip Vase
Gold Leaf Lacquer
Pair of 10 Inch Closionne Vases
Pair of Brass Foo Dogs
Brass & Bronze
Inside Painted Boxes

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