The powerful Shang Dynasty existed around 1700 B.C. - 1122 B.C. This Dynasty was the first official dynasty of ancient China. Many significant inventions, that are still used today, were created during the reign of the Shang Dynasty. This dynasty is well-known for their highly developed culture. Family was very important in their religion and culture. Although the Shang dynasty was powerful and lasted for over 3,000 years they were defeated by the Zhou dynasty.