Yongle Emperor Timeline

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  • 1360
    Birth of the Prince of Yan, future Yongle Emperor of the Ming dynasty.
  • 1368 - 1644
    Reign of the Ming Dynasty in China.
  • 1403 - 1424
    Reign of the Yongle Emperor (aka Chengzu) of the Ming Dynasty.
  • 1405 - 1433
    The mariner and explorer Zheng He makes seven voyages from China to India, Arabia and East Africa.
  • 1407
    Work begins on the Forbidden City in Beijing.
  • 1420
    The Yongle Emperor of the Ming Dynasty establishes the Eastern Depot, a secret service branch of the state bureaucracy.
  • 1421
    Yongle Emperor of the Ming Dynasty moves the capital of China from Nanjing to Beijing.
  • 1424
    Death of the Yongle Emperor of the Ming Dynasty while on campaign against the Mongols.
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