: 5th century
- 6th century
- 7th century
Decades: 490s - 500s - 510s - 520s - 530s - 540s - 550s - 560s - 570s - 580s - 590s
Years: 552 553 554 555 556 557 558 559 560 561 562
- Beginning of the Northern Zhou Dynasty in northern China. First ruler is Northern Zhou Xiao Min Di.
- End of the Liang Dynasty and beginning of the Chen Dynasty in southern China. First ruler is Chen Wu Di.