Chinese Architecture Timeline

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  • c. 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.
  • c. 494 CE
    The first Buddhist caves are carved at Longmen Grottoes, China.