Gao Zhanxiang, male, Han nationality, is a native of Tongxian County, Beijing. He was born in 1935 and graduated from the Russian Language Department and the Chinese Department of Xuanwu District Red Flag Evening University. He joined the CPC in 1953.
Gao worked with several communist youth groups in the 1970s and early 1980s. In the mid 1980s, he became the director of the Ethnic Affairs Work Commission at the Ministry of Culture.
In the 1990s, he was elected the Vice-Chairman and the secretary of the secretariat of the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles. He also was elected the honorary chairman of the Society for the Promotion of the Chinese Traditional Culture.
Gao is a writer and the author of several literary anthologies and comments.
He was an alternate member of the 12th CPC Central Committee and a delegate to the 13th, 14th, and 15th CPC National Congresses.