Timeline of Chinese mythology

The timeline of Chinese mythology starts with P'an-Ku and ends with Yu the Great, spanning from 36,000 years before the creation of the Earth to circa 2000 BC (time of Yu's rule, when he managed to overcome the Epic Flood). Some other myths were added outside this initial timespan, such as the myths from the Baxian, or the Eight Immortals (most of them are said to be born in the Tang or Song Dynasty).


Date Ruler Events Other people/events
36,000 yrs before Creation of the EarthP'an-KuChinese mythology
2852 BCFuxi
2737 BCYan Emperor
2698 BCYellow EmperorThe Battle of Banquan, the first battle in Chinese history and the Battle of Zhuolu, the second battle in Chinese history, fought by the Yellow Emperor.
2650 BCLegend of Cangjie, inventor of the Chinese character
2597 BCEmperor Shaohao
2514 BCEmperor Zhuanxu
2436 BCEmperor Ku
2366 BCEmperor Zhi
2358 BCEmperor YaoYao ordered Gun to tame the flooding of the rivers.
2255 BCEmperor ShunGun failed in taming the flood and was executed on Shun's orders.
2205 BCYu the Great conquers the flood (est.)