Mr. Chao graduated from the Japanese Military Cadets’ College in Tokyo, Japan, specializing in artillery.
During the 1911 Revolution, he joined the Kuomintang party and was appointed commander of a revolutionary army in Hunan. After the establishment of the Republic, Chao Heng-ti went to Peking and owing to his intimate relation with the Kuomintang he was arrested by Yuan Shih-kai, but later released through the efforts of Tan Yen-kai (then Governor of Hunan).
In 1916 Mr. Chao was appointed Commander-in-Chief of Hunan Provincial Forces. He became Military Governor of Hunan in 1922. In the period from 1923 to 1926 Chao Heng-ti served as a Civil Governor of Hunan.
During the Northern Punitive Expediotion of the NationaIist Army in 1926, he allied with the Peking Government and was defeated by Tang Shen-chi of the Southern Forces. Mr. Chao lived in retirement since 1926.