Unwind after a stressful day with these 10 Chinese cottagecore YouTube channels, Lifestyle News

Simply put, cottagecore is a celebration of the slower pace of life involving polished imagery of an idyllic lifestyle living off the land and the farm.

In China and many parts of the world where people are increasingly disillusioned with the demands of a fast-paced modern society and yearn for the down-to-earth experience of our ancestors, the cottagecore genre has also experienced explosive growth as a gateway. to imagine ourselves living in such tranquil and peaceful situations.

We, too, fell in love with these anti-stress videos that take us to rural China where we watch vloggers like Li Ziqi and Dianxi Xiaoge grow, cook, and craft everything they use from scratch.

Li Ziqi

Holding the Guinness World Record for the most subscribers for a Chinese-language channel on YouTube, we can’t start this list without mentioning Li Ziqi.

She became known for her incredible cinematography and high production value that captures her work in the Szechuan countryside (living with her grandmother), ranging from farming and cooking to making her own tables and embroidery.

Li Ziqi, however, is reportedly still locked in a legal battle with her business partners, which is why her last video was in July 2021.

Dianxi Xiaoge

Besides Li Ziqi, Dianxi Xiaoge, whose real name is Dong Meihua, is another hugely successful Chinese YouTuber. A former policewoman, her content focuses on life on the land, whether through farming or gathering in the wild.

The Yunnan native, who is also affectionately called Penji by her family, largely showcases the culture of the Dai ethnic minority, but has since embarked on a series about the culture and food of other minorities in China.

Wild girl

Known by the name of her YouTube channel, Wild Girl, or Ye Xiao Mei, lives in rural Guizhou. With scenic mountains, rivers and forests as a backdrop, Wild Girl lives off the land and grows her own food, which she then uses to prepare a multitude of dishes for herself and her family.

Laotai Arui

Laotai Arui is a Muslim from Yunnan, the same province as Dianxi Xiaoge. Due to her religion, we get a glimpse into the life of a Chinese Muslim woman as Laotai Arui prepares food for her daily life and for important religious events. She leads us by celebrating these festive periods.

Long Meimei

Along with her adorable daughter and her husband, Long Meimei presents the perfect idyllic family life in the Chinese countryside. She highlights the different fresh products of her region, including those that might be foreign to us, such as akebia quinata or the fruit of the vine in chocolate.

Guangxi grandmother

Age is just a number, as Guangxi Grandma proves in her videos. The eldest is still going strong as she grows, harvests, cooks and stores food on her own for herself and her family. Her grandchildren also make occasional cameos as they learn from her by the fireside.

Fujian grandmother


Fujian is a province where many Singaporean Chinese can trace their lineages. The food that Fujian Grandma cooks might not be the most unknown, but her videos are nonetheless still imbued with the pastoral, slow-moving quality of life that’s iconic of the cottagecore genre.


At the other end of the age spectrum, we have young Li Zhangliu. Probably a millennial, her age is no obstacle to her knowledge of working in the fields and preparing a feast for her family.

Ermi Chuyan

Mother of one son, Ermi Chuiyan’s videos are well done and show off her cooking skills like how she makes an interesting fermented soy and watermelon sauce here.

Summer kitchen

In the strictest sense, Summer Kitchen, which is run by a lady named Chen Ershi, isn’t exactly cottagecore as it’s located in a city in Guangdong province and doesn’t grow its own food.

However, Chen Ershi makes up for it greatly with her likable character and being an achievable goal for us city dwellers as she shows recipes, herbal remedies, and local culture.

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This article first appeared in the Singapore Women’s Weekly.

Raymond T. Helms