1896 Before the start of the first modern Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee sends an invitation to the Qing dynasty government; but the Qing government misses the chance because of troubles at home, aggression from abroad and an ignorance of what the Olympics were.
1922 Wang Zengting is the first Chinese elected to the IOC.
1931 The China Sport Promotion Committee is admitted into the IOC as a full member.
1932 Liu Changchun becomes China's first Olympian, competing in track and field at the Los Angeles Games.
1952 The People's Republic of China sends its first delegation.
1954 With the IOC recognizing two Chinas, the People's Republic of China boycotts the Melbourne Olympics.
1958 China breaks off all relations with the IOC.
1979 China returns as the IOC restores its status and recognition.
1980 China boycotts the Moscow Olympics because of the Soviet Union invasion of Afghanistan.
1984 China participates in its first Summer games since IOC restoration. Xu Haifeng wins China's first gold medal, in the men's free pistol shooting.
1991 Beijing bids for the 2000 Olympics; Sydney wins the bid two years later.
1998 Beijing announces its quest for the 2008 Olympics.
July 13, 2001 The IOC announces Beijing has won the bid for the '08 Games.
Source: Qingdao Olympic Plaza