Visual Timeline: Great Wall of China
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771 BCE - 256 BCE: Eastern Zhou Dynasty in China.
481 BCE - 221 BCE: Warring States Period in China.
221 BCE - 206 BCE: The Qin Dynasty in China.
221 BCE: Construction of Northern Frontier wall by Shi Huangdi, First Emperor of China, precursor to Great Wall.
220 BCE - 210 BCE: Emperor Shi Huangti initiates building the Great Wall of China and the Grand Canal.
117 BCE - 100 BCE: Han emperors extend the western part of the Great Wall of China.
304 CE: The nomadic Xiongu break through the Great Wall of China.