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Year Date Event
581 4 March Yang Jian (Emperor Wen of Sui) replaces the Northern Zhou with the Sui dynasty[1]
582 Emperor Xuan of Chen dies and is succeeded by Chen Shubao[1]
583 Emperor Wen of Sui moves into Daxingcheng (Xi'an, Shaanxi) and abolishes the commanderies while promulgating the Kaihuang Code[1]
584 Digs the Guangtong Canal[2]
587 Annexes Western Liang[1]
588 Launches expedition against the Chen dynasty[1]
589 Takes Jiankang and annexes the Chen dynasty; so ends the Northern and Southern dynasties[1]


Year Date Event
590 Yang Su crushes rebellions in annexed Chen territory[1]
592 Emperor Wen of Sui sends out commissioners to implement the equal-field system throughout the realm[1]
593 The Cuanman rebel in Yunnan[3]
The Renshou Palace is built west of the capital[1]
The writing of National Histories by private individuals is banned[1]
594 Severe drought hits Guanzhong but Emperor Wen of Sui leads its people to Luoyang for food[1]
595 Construction of the Anji Bridge begins[4]
597 Tiantai sect founder Zhiyi dies[1]
A campaign is launched against the Cuanman[3]
598 Goguryeo–Sui War: First expedition against Goguryeo fails[1]
599 Chief minister Gao Jiong deprived of power[1]
Yami Qaghan flees to the Sui dynasty[1]


Year Date Event
601 90,000 Turks submit[1]
602 Sui–Former Lý War: Sui forces under Liu Fang annex the Early Lý dynasty[5]
Sui destroys the Cuanman[3]
603 Yami Qaghan takes over Tulan Qaghan's lands after he dies[1]
604 13 August Emperor Wen of Sui dies and is succeeded by Yang Guang (Emperor Yang of Sui)[6]
Yang Liang rebels in Bingzhou but is defeated[6]
605 Construction of a new Luoyang and the Tongji Canal begin[6]
The Anji Bridge is completed[4]
Emperor Yang of Sui visits Jiangdu[6]
606 Luoyang is completed and Emperor Yang of Sui returns from Jiangdu[6]
607 Yami Qaghan visits Emperor Yang of Sui in Luoyang[6]
Gao Jiong is killed[6]
Ono no Imoko visits China[6]
The Sui dynasty sends expeditions to an island known as Liuqiu, which may or may not be Taiwan, but is probably Ryukyu[7]
608 The Yongji Canal is dug[6]
Pei Shiqing accompanies Ono no Imoko back to Japan[6]
609 Emperor Yang of Sui visits Zhangye[6]


Year Date Event
610 Emperor Yang of Sui visits Jiangdu[6]
Construction of the Jiangnan Canal begins[8]
611 Goguryeo–Sui War: Emperor Yang of Sui arrives at Zhuojun to prepare for war with Goguryeo[6]
Wang Bo (王薄) rebels in Changbaishan (Zouping, Shandong)[6]
612 Goguryeo–Sui War: The invasion of Goguryeo fails[6]
613 Goguryeo–Sui War: Emperor Yang of Sui is forced to withdraw from the second invasion due to Yang Xuangan's rebellion in Liyang[6]
Du Fuwei and Fu Gongshi rebel[9]
614 Goguryeo–Sui War: Another invasion fails[6]
615 Shibi Khan lays siege to Yanmen[6]
616 Emperor Yang of Sui leaves for Jiangdu[6]
617 Li Mi and Zhai Rang rebel, seizing Luokou Granary and Huiluo Granary[6]
Li Yuan, regent of Taiyuan, rebels and takes Daxingcheng[6]
618 11 April Emperor Yang of Sui is killed by strangulation in a coup led by his general Yuwen Huaji in Jiangdu[10]
12 June Li Yuan (Tang Gaozu - note that Tang emperor naming convention uses the posthumous Temple Name) deposes Emperor Gong of Sui and founds the Tang dynasty; so ends the Sui dynasty[10]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Xiong 2009, p. cvi.
  2. ^ Xiong 2009, p. cv.
  3. ^ a b c Yang 2008a.
  4. ^ a b Knapp, Ronald G. (2008). Chinese Bridges: Living Architecture From China's Past. Singapore: Tuttle Publishing. pp. 122–127. ISBN 978-0-8048-3884-9.
  5. ^ Taylor 2013.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u Xiong 2009, p. cvii.
  7. ^ Knapp 1980, p. 5.
  8. ^ Xiong 2009.
  9. ^ Xiong 2009, p. 132.
  10. ^ a b Xiong 2009, p. cviii.