Rong Xingqiao, Dr. Sun Yat-sen¡¯s higher consultant and Rong Hong¡¯s cousin, was born in Nanping village of Xiangshan County (now Zhuhai City) of Guangdong province. He was elected as the third group of children dispatched to America by the government in 1874. In June 1881, the Qing government ordered the withdrawal of all the students studying in the United States, so had to return home, giving up Yale University, and then was sent to Tianjin Naval Academy, serving in the Beiyang Navy after graduation. Sino-French War broke out in June 1884, and he showed his courage in the naval warfare. Later he began his business and became a comprador of Taigu of Hong Kong. Hong Kong Xingzhong Organization was established in 1895, and introduced by Sun Yat-Sen, he joined in and launched activities as a representative of Sun Yat-sen in Hankou city, in support of preparations for the uprising of local revolutionaries.
The uprising was prohibited by Qing government before it was launched. He fled to Japan via Shanghai, and became Secretary for Chinese Affairs Department after returning to Hong Kong. Entrusted by Sun Yat-sen, Chen Shaobai issued ¡°China Daily¡± in Hong Kong at the time, and Rong Xingqiao dealt with its difficulties by merging ¡°China Daily¡± and Wen Yutang Printing Company. After the revitalization of the paper, it became the key paper of Hong Kong Branch of Chinese Alliance. After the outbreak of the Wuchang Uprising on October 10, 1911, Guangdong declared its independence on November 9, and then Rong Xingqiao returned to Guangzhou with the paper. Soon, he was appointed as Deputy Secretary of Transportation Department of Guangdong Province and a member of fund-raising department of the Military Department, and also the higher consultant of Sun Yat-sen after the founding of the Republic of China in Nanjing. After Sun Yat-sen¡¯s failure of ¡°the Second Revolution¡± for overthrowing Yuan Shikai in 1913, Rong Xingqiao returned to Hong Kong to become a manager or consultant of a number of shipping companies, winning success in history.