Tang, male, Han nationality, was born in Shanghai, though a native of Wuxi, Jiangsu Province. Born in 1921, he graduated from Tatung University in Shanghai in 1945 and received a master's degree from Illinois State University, U.S.A. in 1948. He returned to Hong Kong in 1950.
Tang was a highly successful Hong Kong businessman, specializing in woolens and textiles. His position in the community placed him in lead positions on a number of boards and committees. He was an important figure in Hong Kong's transfer of power from the U.K. to China in the years leading up to1997. His business ventures included managing director of SOCO Textiles (Hong Kong) Ltd., chairman of Peninsula Knitters Ltd. of Hong Kong, general manager of Xinjiang Tianshan Woolen Fabric Co, Ltd. and general manager of Shanghai United Woolentex Group and Guandong Lianfa Woolen Fabric Co. Ltd. His community work included chairman of the Hong Kong Textile Trade Union, member of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and vice-chairman of the Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce. During the reversion of Hong Kong to China, he served on the PRC Consultative Committee on Basic Law, on the first group of advisors on Hong Kong affairs, on the preparatory committee for Hong Kong SAR and on the selection committee for the first Hong Kong SAR government.
Tang was a standing committee member of the 7th-9th CPPCC National Committees.