How many dynasties were there in China?
There are 26 dynasties in Chinese history. This is according to a compilation in the online encyclopedia Wikipedia. Dynasties in China did not reign in a linear, exclusive fashion, and there are cases where at any one time more than one dynasty ruled different parts of the vast country. The first dynasty is called the Three Sovereigns and the Five Emperors dynasty which ruled before 2070 BC, and the last was the Qing dynasty that was replaced by the establishment of the Republic of China in 1912.