She was born January 28, 1977, in Taiyuan, Shanxi, which is also the hometown of the heroine in Still Life. As a child, she studied classical Chinese dance. In 1996, she enrolled in the folk dance department at Beijing Dance Academy. After graduation, she became a dance Teacher in Taiyuan Normal College, where she was spotted by Jia during casting for Platform. Since then they work frequently together.
On January 7, 2012 she married Director Jia Zhangke.