Xia Dynasty, China Culture

The first prehistoric dynasty is said to be Xia, from about the twenty-first to the sixteenth century B.C. Until scientific excavations were made at early bronze-age sites at Anyang, Henan Province, in 1928, it was difficult to separate myth from reality in regard to the Xia. But since then, and especially in the 1960s and 1970s, archaeologists have uncovered urban sites, bronze implements, and tombs that point to the existence of Xia civilization in the same locations cited in ancient Chinese historical texts. At minimum, the Xia period marked an evolutionary stage between the late neolithic cultures and the typical Chinese urban civilization of the Shang dynasty.

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Xia Dynasty (2,205 1,806 B.C)



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Xia Yu Di

(2,205 2,197 B.C.)

Xia Yu was first awarded the land of Xia Bo by Di Shun. His father Gun was executed by Shun for his lack of accomplishments in fighting the flood. Yu succeeded his father and vowed to conquer the flood. Yu Di was a great engineer who controlled the flood of Yellow River. During his long battle with the flood, Yu passed the porch of his house three times and refused to pay a visit. "I dont have a family until the flood is under control", he said. Yu also set up a timing system for every day.

Aryans invaded Indus valley (2,150 B.C.).

Europe- Bronze Age. First Babylonian dynasty.

American- cotton cultivation.

Xia Qi

(2,197 2188 B.C.)

Xia Yu gave his throne to his follower Yi, but he did not win popularity among his people. Yu's son Qi was voted king by various dukes. The start of a hereditary system of the royal family.

Xia Tai Kang

(2,188 2,159 B.C.)

Established his kingdom at Zhen Xun.

Xia Zhong Kang

(2,159 2,146 B.C.)

Made his son Duke of Deng.

Xia Xiang

(2,146 2,079 B.C.)

Moved his kingdom to Shang. Han Zu assassinated the king.

Xia Shao Kang

(2,079 2,057 B.C.)

Executed Han Zu and took over the throne. Awarded the kingdom of Zeng to his youngest son Qu Lia.

Xia Zhu

(2,057 2,040 B.C.)


Xia Huai

(2,040 2,014 B.C.)


Xia Man

(2,014 1,996 B.C.)


Xia Xie

(1,996 1,980 B.C.)


Xia Bu Jiang

(1,980 1,921 B.C.)


Xia Pian

(1,921 1,900 B.C.)


Xia Li

(1,900 1,879 B.C.)

Moved kingdom to Xihe.

Xia Kung Jia

(1,879 1,848 B.C.)

Brought an end to the Shi Wei kingdom.

Xia Bo

(1,848 1,837 B.C.)

Shi Wei reestablished kingdom.

Xia Fa

(1,837 1,818 B.C.)

Surrounding tribes gathered at Wang Men as guests.

Xia Jie

(1,818 1,783 B.C.)

Jie might very well be the first notorious king in the Chinese history. He amused himself and his wife by ordering 3000 people to kill themselves by jumping into a lake of wine. A official Guan-Long Feng urged Xia Jie to repent and was imprisoned and executed.

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