Great Wall of China Timeline

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  • 771 BCE - 256 BCE
    Eastern Zhou Dynasty in China.
  • c. 481 BCE - 221 BCE
    Warring States Period in China.
  • 221 BCE - 206 BCE
    The Qin Dynasty in China.
  • 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.
  • 304 CE
    The nomadic Xiongu break through the Great Wall of China.
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