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Updated: Jan 12, 2020, 12:28 IST | Agencies | Mumbai

Chinese vlogger amasses scores of followers for promoting traditional values through her videos

Li Ziqi seen performing daily chores. Pics courtesy/Liziqi, YouTube
Li Ziqi seen performing daily chores. Pics courtesy/Liziqi, YouTube

A young woman from rural China, Li Ziqi, has become an Internet sensation after filming herself performing daily chores. Her video content has won the hearts of many in her own country, including the hard-to-please Chinese government. Chinese people and an international audience are in awe of her astonishing set of skills, ranging from cooking to furniture making. A whopping 58 million people watch her content on various streaming platforms.

There are many Chinese vlogging channels portraying rural themes. But, what sets Li Ziqi apart is the fairytale-esque quality and uniquely slow pace of her videos. For instance, she is mounted atop a horse and she rides it to an ethereal forest to pick some flowers in one video. In another video, she hatches baby ducklings who later grow old and lay eggs. She then uses these eggs to make her salted duck sauce recipe in the video.

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Li Ziqi is graceful and she makes living in a village look like a dream. Viewers, who are fed up of their busy, citified lives, seem to be seeking her content to escape their own reality. Acknowledging this in an interview with South China Morning Post, the 29-year-old vlogger elaborates, "In today's society, many people feel stressed. So when they watch my videos at the end of a busy day, I want them to relax and experience something nice, to take away some of their anxiety and stress." She went to a city at age 14, looking for a job. When the lustre of an urban life dimmed, she returned to her village in the Sichuan province.

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