YouTube Stars Turn to Kickstarter for China Motorcycle Adventure Series

By Sky Gidge, March 29, 2017

1 0

Southern China’s resident YouTube stars have an ambitious plan: conquer the north. By filming a motorcycle-borne travel series, that is. 

“Our basic goal is to not be Lonely Planet – not the nonsense lets-go-see-an-ethnic-dance kind of thing,” says Winston Sterzel about the Conquering Northern China series. “We’re going to be going through the small villages and back roads and I’m pretty sure that some interesting things will pop up.”

Sterzel isn't the only one excited about the adventure.

Conquering Northern China is currently the second most popular video project on Kickstarter, with fans hungry for a follow up to last August’s Conquering Southern China already pledging more than RMB282,000.

The four-episode Conquering Southern China saw Sterzel and Matthew Tye bike to Guangdong's phallic Mount Danxia, try a vile ‘shampoo’ solution used by Guangxi’s Red Yao Tribe and chow on Guizhou’s cow dung hot pot, earning an impressive 9.5 rating on IMDB.

mountains.JPG

The first series saw them film at some beautiful, if familiar, scenery

But there was one common complaint.

“Pretty much every comment was ‘we love this show, but [the episodes] were too short,” says Huizhou-based Tye. Tye is known on YouTube as Laowhy86, where his 5-year-old channel’s videos have almost 13 million views.

sterzel-and-long-hair-red-yao-copy.JPG

The Red Yao and their long, long hair

“We were limited by our budget,” says Sterzel, who is perhaps China’s most popular foreign vlogger, with more than 24 million views on his SerpentZA account.

“It took us 15 days, it was nonstop. Nonstop traveling, recording,” Sterzel says. “Now, we’ll be out there double the amount of time.”

So far, they plan to visit German "war tunnels" near Qingdao, see volcanoes in northern China and meet ethnic Russians living along China’s northern border – avoiding highways the whole time.

“We’re also going to be eating some pretty disgusting food, like sea penis.” says Sterzel.

“We’re getting away from this idea that Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Shanghai are representative of the entire country,” says Tye. “The second season is going to be much more up in the air.”

The Kickstarter's 1,200 plus backers have pledged more than RMB282,000 towards the RMB301,000 goal. The Kickstarter ends April 25, 2017.

Watch the trailer for last year’s Conquering Southern China below (VPN off).

   

[Images via Kickstarter, Winston Sterzel]

more news

4 Amazing Trips to Make Your Winter a Dragon Adventure

Dragon Adventures is an outdoor travel specialist.

Matrix Resurrections Gets China Release Date

Matrix Resurrections becomes the first Hollywood film to secure a 2022 China release date.

Dylan Sprouse is Starring in an Upcoming Chinese Drama?

Sprouse costars in the upcoming movie ‘The Curse of Turandot’ and apparently spent six months learning Chinese for the role.

6 More Amazing Trips to Make Your Summer a Dragon Adventure

Dragon Adventures is an outdoor travel specialist.

Meet the Spanish Filmmaker Capturing China in its Rawest Form

Luis Castro set out on a mission to document the lesser observed parts of China through the lens.

5 Amazing Trips to Make Your Summer a Dragon Adventure

Dragon Adventures is an outdoor travel specialist.

0 User Comments

In Case You Missed It…

We're on WeChat!

Scan our QR Code at right or follow us at thatsonline for events, guides, giveaways and much more!

7 Days in China With thatsmags.com

Weekly updates to your email inbox every Wednesday

Subscribe

Download previous issues

Never miss an issue of That's Magazines!

Visit the archives