Li Ziqi: The Online Celebrity Bringing Ol’ School Traditions to the Modern World

Meet the Chinese vlogger who makes you wish you were born in a different era.


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Do you ever get overwhelmed by the modern world and wish to go back to a simpler time? Meet the Chinese vlogger Li Ziqi! 

Li Ziqi’s videos feature her cooking and creating DIY products, such as makeup or furniture. How’s it different? She does it all without using any modern technology or electricity. 

Li Ziqi grew up with her grandparents in rural Sichuan Province, China. There, she learned how to grow vegetables, fish, and make bamboo baskets. She also learned how to cook traditional dishes and carpentry. 

In 2015, her brother introduced her to the Chinese video app, Meipai. Her video career took off from there! She started making short videos teaching us modern folk how to cook traditional meals using her own farm’s ingredients

Her videos gained popularity and she has since broadened her repertoire to include DIY household items (ancient style)Her videos are also known for soothing background music, beautiful shots of Sichuan, and her classical Hanfu wardrobe

In 2017, she started her YouTube channel- gaining international attention. Now, she has 3.3 million Youtube subscribers, 2 million Facebook followers, and over 16 million Weibo followers.

Here are some of my favorite Li Ziqi videos: 

In this video, she makes the “Scholar’s Four Jewels”--paper, ink, an ink brush, and an ink stone. She DIYs everything herself- from cutting goat and rabbit fur for the brush hairs to chopping small trees to make paper. The whole process took her a year and a half!

The end of this video shows her meeting with the Malaysian royal family; they are big fans of her videos!

In this video, she makes two sofas and a coffee table entirely out of bamboo. The project was inspired by a sofa her grandfather made.

In this video, she makes makeup ancient China style. Her rouge, eyebrow cream, and lip color are entirely eco-friendly; they are made from flower petals and honey. The honey comes from her beehive. The end of the video shows her actually putting on the makeup.

This is my favorite food video from Li! She starts by harvesting her farm's sweet potatoes and using them to make sweet potato pancakes, sweet potato jelly, and glass noodles. She also makes her own grater and a mechanism for hanging the dough out to dry.


Check out the other videos on her Youtube channel. Let us know which video is your favorite in the comments. 


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