LIZIQI - Remarkable Story About the Best Chinese YouTuber| 李子柒
I would like to introduce a Guinness Prize recipient who deserves to be recognized. The award was given for being the best Chinese YouTube for year 2020.
With 14M followers and 2.17 Billion views in her YouTube channel!
This story starts from her childhood in the village. There is acquiring different skills and trades as she grows up. Combining traditional crafts with modern day technology plus amazing story telling skills and we got a powerful 31 years old superwoman.
Her name is Liziqi.
Her video is like viewing a fairy tale story held in a distant village in the province of Sichuan. As in all good movies, we start with the scenery of the story. We Listen to the gentle Chinese music in the background and soon our hero Liziqi is entering the scene.
Watching this gentlewoman energetic activities inspire my daily routine. When was the last time you picked up natural leaves for your herbal tea and build your own bench?
Reviewing her life story will tell us What made her a “Breaking the Internet YouTuber!
Liziqi background story
Li was born in 1990 in Minayang Sichuan china
Birthday: July 6, 1990
Last Name: Li
First Name: Ziqi
In Chinese: 李子柒
Hometown: Mianyang, Sichuan, China
After her mother and father got divorced, her father looked after her until he passed away when she was just a little girl. Her grandmother and grandfather decided to bring her to their house. While growing up in this Environment of Sichuan villages She learns from her grandfather the traditional ways of life.
Here some examples for traditional skills:
- She learned how to cook traditional Sichuan food.
- She learns How to work in the fields, added with good practical skills such as understanding of seasonal agriculture. When is the time to plant and when is the time to prune?
- Liziqi learns the art of woodworking while assisting her grandfather with his carpenter's studio, there she experiences many types of wood construction
The result is a young woman with building skills that will not embarrass any hard labor worker.
- Construct an oven out of mud.
- Building traditional Chinese furniture from bamboo
- She makes calligraphy tools.
- Creating various printing methods for her use.
- Grow silkworm and make from it a cocoon and silk!
- She sews a winter coat.
- Making natural color and dying her clothes.
- Create makeup out of nature.
- Cooking vegetables and fruits from her garden
- There are many chefs on the internet worldwide and in China who are trying to produce Liziqi recipes - it's not a simple task!
- Produce her wine, And beer.
Personally, I love the fact that she adds a personal touch to every one of her creations and that her products made from her natural surroundings.
Life in the big city
After her grandfather passed away, to make money to help her grandma old, she immigrated to the big city at the of age 14 years old. It was a rough start when she found herself eating bread and sleeping in the parks. She found a job as a waitress.
Later on, she worked as an assistant to a DJ where she studied basic editing skills.
This was her life till 2012. That was the year her grandmother's health got worse and this is the reason Liziqi decides to come back home.
Beginning of her digital life
Liziqi opened a shop in Tao bao to sell fresh products, she has made a short video to promote it. That video was uploaded to a Chinese app called Meipai. A Meipai's employee noticed her content and put it on the front page!
It got viral and this was the beginning of her journey to become one of the most important Chinese Wang Hong- Chinese internet celebrity also known as KOL key opinion leader
Her videos begin with the image of nature, then we see her walking in it, collecting flowers, vegetables, roots, or seeding the field. (Many of those videos are filmed through multiple seasons). At first, we still don't know what she intends to cook or construct with her two hands. Or does she plan on building something for cooking?
We do know that we're going to be surprised, and amazed.
Beyond her camera lens
Liziqi is mastering the use of background lights, both natural and artifactual
She filters her videos with her preferred colors and give it a traditional look.
Her staff include assistance and cameramen. This has been criticized, how can it be that with so few people a masterpiece is created that does not embarrass a Hollywood enterprise?
My answer to the criticism is that you can tell her videos reflect her own vision.
In addition, one thing is indisputable, this is a talented and hardworking woman.
Every scene has a still camera on a tripod combining an amazing storytelling without saying a thing.
Simply showing and not telling
All of these inspiring skills are packed into a professional video.
Why you should watch her
From her videos, you can feel the special bond between Li and her grandmother. This makes the video more graceful and emotional.
Her setting up has the basic story of planting the seeds into the soil and waiting for it to grow.
The combination of cultural heritage, lifestyle with her amazing storytelling skills creates a unique skillset. That's what makes her videos such an inspiration.
Every time we are presented with the steps and routines that need to be taken to achieve the final result for success with the added value of the Chinese culture. Above all, her videos allow us to detach from our reality and see everything in proportions.
If Li can do it, so do we! check my video below to see Liziqi in action.