Some historical weather records of China in the governmental archives are discussed. The records in the pre-Qing period (before 1636) are briefly summarized and their use for the reconstruction of past climate is assessed. The more-elaborate weather records of the Qing dynasty, the Clear and Rain Records and the Inches of Rain and Snow, are examined in more detail.

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1 Permanent Affiliation: Academy of Meteorological Science, State Meteorological Administration, Beijing, People's Republic of China.