GONG You-lan was born in March 1979 in Shanghai. When she was six, she began to study the qin under her father GONG Yi and awarded a merit on the Duanhuang Cup – Competition of Chinese Traditional Instruments. In 2001, she achieved her goal to get highest mark in grade 10 of the Standard Qin Examination. In 2002, she performed the Tune of Loulan to get the gold-medal of Chinese Qin Competition organized by the Cultural Department of China. She has been very active in the music area of Shanghai.