After having finished his elementary school work, Mr. Chien went to Peking where he entered Tsinghua College. After the Revolution of 1911 he became a student in Peking University of the Methodist Mission. He entered the Customs College, Peking in 1914 and graduated in 1918.
Mr. Chien was then appointed to a position in the Chinese Maritime Customs in Tianjin where he stayed for three years. During his stay in Tianjin, Mr. Chien acted also as one of the editors of the Yin Shih Pao, or Social Welfare. In 1921, he was appointed the representative of Social Welfare to the Second Press Congress of the World held in Honolulu and then preceded to Washington, D. C., to cover the Disarmament Conference for his paper. After the Washington Conference he attended the School of Journalism of the University of Missouri, the oldest and best-known institution of its kind in the States. While he was in school, he won several prizes on account of his literary attainments. He returned to China in June 1923, after receiving the degree of Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri. Besides connected with a number of newspapers in Peking and Tianjin, he was contributing editor of the China Weekly Review, Shanghai and assistant editor of the North China Star, Tianjin.
Mr. Chien joined the editorial staff of the North China Star, an American daily newspaper in Tianjin in June, 1924 and after six months, he resigned to enter governmental services in Peking. He was appointed the Secretary to the Chinese Chief Inspector of the Salt Revenue Adminstration, Ministry of Finance. Mr. Chien was connected with the China Weekly Review in Shanghai as its contributing editor from the Capital and contributed a number of interesting articles from semi-official sources.