Jiang Weiping was born and grew up in Dalian, a coastal city in the northern Chinese province of Liaoning. He obtained his degree from Liaoning University and began his career as a journalist and editor for Dalian Daily in 1982. He became a reporter for the state news agency Xin Hua in 1987. In 1994, he became the Northeast China Bureau Chief of the Hong Kong newspaper Wen Hui Bao .