The Chinese lunar calendar makes use of the lunar calendar system; a calendar based on cycles of the moon phases. It integrates the revolution of the Earth around the Sun as well as the movement of the Moon around the Earth.
Because an ordinary year has 353, 354, or 355 days, a leap year was created to compensate the missing years. A leap year has 383, 384, or 385 days.
If a Chinese year always starts on the 1st month 1, the date marking the beginning of the Chinese New Year in the Gregorian calendar is variable between January and March according to relative position of the Sun - Moon.
The beginnings of the Chinese calendar can be traced back to the 14th century BC. Legend has it that the Emperor Huangdi invented the calendar in 2637 B.C. Nowadays, the Chinese officially use the Gregorian calendar, like the western world. The lunar calendar is still in use, and according to it we're in the 48th century.
Years of Later Han and Three Kingdoms
Later Han Dynasty
A list of all years of the Later Han, starting with the year 184 AD (Jiazi) of Zhongping.
- Zhongping (Chung-p'ing, 中平) (184-189)
- Chuping (Ch'u-p'ing, 初平) (190-193)
- Xingping (Hsing-p'ing, 興平) (194-195)
- Jian'an (Chian-an, 建安) (196-219)
Three Kingdoms period
- Huangchu (Huang-ch'u, 黃初) (220-226)
- Taihe (T'ai-ho, 太和) (227-232)
- Qinglong (青龍) (233-236)
- Jingchu (景初) (237-239)
- Zhengshi (正始) (240-249)
- Jiaping (嘉平) (249-254)
- Zhengyuan (正元) (254-256)
- Ganlu (甘露) (256-260)
- Jingyuan (景元) (260-264)
- Xianxi (咸熙) (264-265)
- Taishi (泰始) (265-274)
- Xianning (咸寧) (275-279)
- Taikang (太康) (280-289)
- "Chinesecalendaor.orados.com" - This day in Chinese
- "Asia-Home.com" - Chinese calendar calculator
- "Chinesetools.eu" - Online Chinese / Gregorian calendar