Zhan Bing (Chan Ping) was born Zhan Yichuan in Zhuolan, a township near the northeastern city of Miaoli. After graduating from high school in 1942, he went to Tokyo to study pharmacy at Meiji Pharmacy School and was certified in 1944. For most of his professional life, he taught physics and chemistry at junior high school in his hometown. He retired in 1981 and moved to Taizhong in 1987, where he lives with his wife.
Zhan Bing published his first poems in Japanese in 1941. He started learning Chinese after the war in 1945 and joined the literary society Silver Bell in 1948. He not only is a prolific poet but also has published fiction, essays, film scripts, children's literature (both drama and poetry), and even an opera. He has won numerous awards for children's literature; a well-known example is the 1963 poem “Planting Rice Sprouts,” which was included in standardized textbooks for primary schools in 1989.