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1600 BCE - 1046 BCE: Shang Dynasty in China.
1046 BCE - 771 BCE: Western Zhou dynasty replaces the Shang Dynasty in China.
206 BCE - 9 CE: The Western Han dynasty rules China from their capital in Chang'an.
202 BCE: Emperor Gaozu (Liu Bang) becomes the first Han ruler.
141 BCE - 87 BCE: Reign of Emperor Wu (Wu the Great), the most effective and influential of the Han monarchs.
140 BCE - 87 BCE: Han emperor Wu rules and expands Han territory in China.
130 BCE: The Silk Road is officially opened.
2 CE: Chang'an, the imperial capital of China, had a population of nearly 250 thousand people.
23 CE: The sack of Chang'an, imperial capital of China.
23 CE: After the sack of Chang'an, Liu Xiu led his loyal officials to the city of Luoyang, where the Chinese imperial capital was relocated.
618 CE - 907 CE: The Tang Dynasty in China.
618 CE - 626 CE: Reign of Gaozu, 1st Emperor of Tang Dynasty in China.
626 CE - 649 CE: Reign of Emperor Taizong in China.
649 CE - 683 CE: Reign of Emperor Gaozong in China.
683 CE - 704 CE: Reign of Empress Wu Zetian, only female monarch of China.
712 CE - 756 CE: Reign of Xuanzong, 7th emperor of the Tang Dynasty in China.
756 CE - 762 CE: Reign of Emperor Suzong in China.
762 CE - 779 CE: Reign of Emperor Daizong in China.
780 CE - 805 CE: Reign of Emperor Dezong in China.
805 CE: Reign of Emperor Shunzong in China.
821 CE - 824 CE: Reign of Emperor Muzong in China.
824 CE - 826 CE: Reign of Emperor Jingzong in China.
826 CE - 840 CE: Reign of Emperor Wenzong in China.
840 CE - 846 CE: Reign of Emperor Wuzong in China.
846 CE - 859 CE: Reign of Emperor Xuanzong II in China.
859 CE - 873 CE: Reign of Emperor Yizong in China; severe drought causes famine.
873 CE - 888 CE: Reign of Emperor Xizong in China; Huang-Chao Rebellion erupts against government corruption and neglect.
874 CE - 884 CE: Huang-Chao Rebellion topples weakened Tang Dynasty in China.
904 CE - 907 CE: Reign of Ai, last Tang Dynasty Emperor of China; assassinated by Warlord Zhu Quanzong at age fifteen.