Li Pu-ching received his preliminary modern education at Wuchang Academy where he studied for four years and was a classmate of the late Gen. Huang Hsing, noted revolutionary leader. Then he was sent by the Hubei Viceroy to Japan where he studied pedagogy in a normal college in Tokyo.
Upon his return to China, Mr. Li successively served as principal of Mingteh and Xingcheng Middle Schools in Changsha and at the same time was secrectly engaged in revolutionary activities. Li Pu-ching participated in the First Revolution in Wuchang in 1911. He was appointed compiler in the Ministry of Education of the Peking Government, but resigned as a protest against Yuan Shih-kai's Monarchial Movement. Mr. Li acted as a superintendent of the Wuchang Normal University, Hubei. He also held the posts of a commissioner of Education for Henan, dean of Wuchang Normal University, principal of School of Arts of Henan Provincial University and concurrently professor of education at the same University.