Early Life and Influence
Li Ziqi was strongly influenced by her grandfather who worked as a cook in the countryside. Whenever there was a big ceremony such as weddings, her grandfather would take charge of the kitchen as he cooked a wide array of Chinese dishes. This is where she learned her techniques. Not only that, her grandfather was also talented and passed on practical skills such as fishing, growing vegetables, making traditional medicines, and even doing carpentry work.
While looking at her videos, it may be tempting to think that the online celebrity has always had a beautiful life. However, her journey wasn’t easy. Her parents divorced when she was still a little girl, and her father died at an early age. Although she grew up poor, she still considered it as a stable upbringing.
While most girls moved on to middle school as they entered their teenage years, Li Ziqi quit her studies to support herself by working. She has not lived an easy life – having slept under bridges, caves, worked as an electrician, DJ, and waitress, she realized the meaning of struggle.
After dedicating her life to her jobs for close to a decade, she developed a clear picture of what she wanted. When her grandmother got sick, she decided to return to her hometown to take care of her. Her life here was simple – she started to work early in the morning and earned a living through farming.