• Yuan (English)
  • (Traditional Chinese)
  • (Simplified Chinese)
  • Yuán (Pinyin)
  • Yüan (Wade-Giles)
  • Yuan Dynasty (English)
  • 元朝 (Traditional Chinese)
1271 - 1368 1


Wilkinson dates the beginning of the Yuan dynasty to the fall of the Southern Song dynasty in 1279. However, this date does not apply to northern areas previously held by the Jin dynasty. A Chinese-style calendar was used for the northern Mongol dynasty ruled by Kubilai Khan beginning in 1260 under the reign title of Zhongtong 中統. The title of Yuan for the dynasty was officially proclaimed on the fifteenth day (乙亥), eleventh month, eighth year of the Zhiyuan 至元 reign period (December 18, 1271).2

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  • 1 WILKINSON. 2000. Chinese History: A Manual, 12.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record
  • 2 LANGLOIS. 1981. China under Mongol rule., 3-5.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record; 宋. 1976. 元史, 138.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record

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