dynasties of china (581 C.E to 1912)

There were 13 dynasties in ancient China. Much of china was ruled by different dynasties over a long period of time. The civilization of china dates back to thousands of years. Chinese history is divided into dynasties- Period whereby the country is ruled by one royal family. Emperor comes to power and gains the Mandate of Heaven, Traditional history includes the Xia and Shang dynasties go back thousands of years, but there's little evidence to support their existence as proper Chinese dynasties.