The Three Lords and Nine Ministers system (Chinese: 三公九卿) was a central administrative system adopted in ancient China that was officially instituted in Qin Dynasty (221 BC - 206 BC) and was replaced by the Three Departments and Six Ministries system (Chinese: 三省六部) since Sui Dynasty (589-618 AD).
Three Lords referred to three highest rank officials in the imperial government, namely:
Nine Ministers comprised all the ministers of importance in the central government. They were:
- the Minister of Ceremonies (Taichang)
- the Supervisor of Attendants (Guangluxun)
- the Commandant of Guards (Weiwei)
- the Minister of Coachman (Taipu)
- the Commandant of Justice (Tingwei)
- the Grand Herald (Dahonglu)
- the Director of the Imperial Clan (Zongzheng)
- the Grand Minister of Agriculture (Dashinong)
- the Small Treasurer (Shaofu)
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See also 
- Li, Konghuai (2007). History of Administrative Systems in Ancient China (in Chinese). Joint Publishing (H.K.) Co., Ltd. ISBN 978-962-04-2654-4.
- Lu, Simian (2008). The General History of China (in Chinese). New World Publishing. ISBN 978-7-80228-569-9.
- Wang, Yü-Ch'üan (June 1949). "An Outline of The Central Government of The Former Han Dynasty". Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies (Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, Vol. 12, No. 1/2) 12 (1/2): 134–187. doi:10.2307/2718206. JSTOR 2718206.