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206 BCE - 9 CE: The Western Han dynasty rules China from their capital in Chang'an.
202 BCE: Liu-Bang of Han establishes the Han Dynasty in China.
202 BCE - 220 CE: Han Dynasty reigns in China.
202 BCE: Liu Bang is proclaimed emperor of China after defeating the rival general Xiang Yu.
202 BCE: Emperor Gaozu (Liu Bang) becomes the first Han ruler.
195 BCE: Liu Bang dies. His empress Lü Zhi (also known as Lü Hou) rules through puppet kings for her own benefit for the next fifteen years.
141 BCE - 87 BCE: Reign of Emperor Wu (Wu the Great), the most effective and influential of the Han monarchs.
141 BCE - 87 BCE: Han Emperor Wu abandons Legalism in favor of Confucianism.
140 BCE - 87 BCE: Han emperor Wu rules and expands Han territory in China.
138 BCE - 126 BCE: Zhang Qian, as envoy of Emperor Wu, opens up the 'Silk Road' trading route between China and central Asia.
117 BCE - 100 BCE: Han emperors extend the western part of the Great Wall of China.
109 BCE: Chinese Han Empire conquers the kingdom of Tien.
108 BCE: Wiman Joseon is conquered by the Han dynasty.
104 BCE - 101 BCE: The War of the Heavenly Horses, general Li Guangli forces the city of Da Yuan (Alexandria Eschate) into tributary status.
2 CE: Chang'an, the imperial capital of China, had a population of nearly 250 thousand people.
9 CE: Wang Mang takes control of the empire by usurping the throne and proclaiming his innovative dynasty called Xin ("new").
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.
25 CE - 220 CE: The Eastern Han dynasty rules China.
91 CE: The Han dynasty of China invades Mongolia.
105 CE: Invention of fine paper-making process by Cai Lun.
148 CE: An Shigao is the first Buddhist translator mentioned in Chinese sources who established a translation centre in the Chinese imperial capital, Luoyang.
155 CE - 220 CE: Life of Cao Cao, Chinese military dictator and founder of the Wei state.
160 CE: Chinese Han empire in decline.
184 CE - 192 CE: The 'Yellow Turban' rebellion is quashed by the Han in China.
184 CE: A large peasant uprising known as the Yellow Turban Rebellion (sometimes referred to as the Yellow Scarves Rebellion) threatened the city of Luoyang.
184 CE: The Yellow Turban rebellion breaks out when local government offices are attacked across China.
189 CE: Luoyang, the Han capital, is sacked by the Chinese warlord Dong Zhuo.
190 CE: Luoyang, the Han capital in China, is burned.
190 CE: Dong Zhou seized control of the Chinese imperial capital and placed a child, Liu Xie, as the new ruler.
205 CE: Cao Cao takes over the former Han government and appoints himself chancellor, in effect, a military dictator.
215 CE: Cao Cao represses for good the Yellow Turban rebellion in China.
220 CE: Liu Xie abdicated the throne. Wars between warlords and states continued and China would have to wait about 350 years to be unified again.