Emerging in the Yellow River valley, the Zhous were the longest-lasting dynasty in China, demonstrating their rule under a semi-feudal system.
Using the development of script to its contemporary type were both introduced through the Zhou Dynasty.
Substantial and influential intellectual movements emerged in this time also, such as Confucianism, Taoism, Legalism and Mohism, and the Hundred Schools of Thought of Chinese philosophy prospered.
Around the 2nd century BC, the Zhou Dynasty started to decrease as a result of the collapse of the central power, and entirely shattered by 256 BC.
Imperial China surfaced using the Qin Dynasty in 221 BC, and also the construction of the Great Wall of China started – that was later improved from the Ming Dynasty. Together with the Qins, the notion of a centralized government and a money system were created.