|Born||July 1950 (age 68–69)|
|Citizenship||People's Republic of China|
|Education||Chinese Academy of Social Sciences|
|Occupation||Writer, scholar, historian|
|Parent(s)||Zhang Caiping (张彩萍)|
Zhang's father, Zhang Naiqi (章乃器), was one of the founders of the China National Democratic Association, Zhang's mother is Zhang Caiping (张彩萍). Zhang spent his childhood in his hometown of Beijing. He attended High School attached to Tsinghua University (清华附中). In 1957, Zhang Naiqi, Zhang Bojun (章伯钧), Chu Anping (储安平) and Luo Longji (罗隆基) were picked out as right wingers. On 8 June 1957, Zhang Naiqi was removed from his posts and taken to be prosecuted. Zhang Lifan was punished because of his father. On 13 May 1977, Zhang Naiqi died of illness in a Beijing Hospital basement. After the Cultural Revolution, Zhang Lifan was educated in the Institute of Modern History of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (中国社科院近代史研究所).
- 《君子之交如水》 (in Chinese). Beijing: Writers Publishing House. 2007. p. 290. ISBN 9787506338585.
- 《记忆：往事未付红尘》 (in Chinese). Xi'an, Shaanxi: Shaanxi Normal University Press. 2004. p. 388. ISBN 9787561330586.