The Han Dynasty

by: B Erickson

What is the Han Dynasty?

The Han Dynasty is a royal dynasty that ruled China. It occurred from 206 B.C. to 220 C.E. This time was remembered as one of the greatest eras of the Chinese civilization.

This was one of the biggest dynasties in China. It was considered the golden age in China especially in art, politics, and technology. Many dynasties looked back on the Han period because of the united empire and government that was running on its own.

Liu Bang

Liu Bang is the first emperor of the Han Dynasty. He is a military leader. Liu also ended the civil war, reunified China, and started the Han Dynasty. He was the king before 206 B.C.

Time Frame

The Han Dynasty took place in 206 B.C. - 220 C.E.

This dynasty lasted for about 400 years.

The Han Dynasty's Achievements

The Han Dynasty gave the achievements of the following for China: A calander of 365 1/4 days, silk cloth, glazed pottery, and paper.

The Han Dynasty rose by the Shang Dyasty falling.

Interesting Facts

During the Han times people used pulleys and wheelbarrows to move things from place to place. Some written papers that survived from this time are mostly found in tombs. By the end of the first century in C.E. a Han emperor either died young or without a chosen heir. A number of natural disasters such as tremors, floods, and grasshopper plagues happened during these days. The grasshopper plague is a kind of illness. These events were seen as actions of anger in heaven. This was believed to mean that the end of the dynasty was close.