Zhang Mingyuan, male, Han nationality, is a native of Hailun, Heilongjiang Province. He was born in 1931 and joined the CPC in 1949.
In 1947, Zhang joined the Northeast Democratic United Army and fought in the Liaoxi-Shenyang and Peiping-Tientsin campaigns. Zhang later held a variety of military occupations including battalion political instructor and division director of anti-chemical warfare work.
After graduating from the PLA Military Academy, Zhang became a political commissar in Guangdong before directing the political department of the Guangzhou Military Region. He later took over political commissar responsibilities with the PLA Army Commanding Academy and the PLA Military Education Institute. In 1988, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general.
In 1998, he became a member of the 9th NPC Standing Committee.