Winston Sterzel

Winston Sterzel
Picture of Winston Sterzel, also known as SerpentZA in Shenzhen.jpg
Sterzel in Shenzhen, July 2017
Personal information
Born (1980-08-17) August 17, 1980 (age 39)
NationalitySouth African
YouTube information
GenreChina Vlogs
Total views89,065,584
Associated acts
  • Matthew Tye
  • ADVChina
  • "Stay Awesome"
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2016
Updated January 20, 2019 (2019-01-20)

Winston Frederick Sterzel, also known by his YouTube pseudonym SerpentZA, is a South African vlogger, and video producer. He was based in Shenzhen in the Guangdong province of China. His videos cover a variety of topics relating to life in China from a Westerner's perspective.

Life and career[edit]

Sterzel is of German-British heritage. He was born and grew up in South Africa. He moved to China in his mid-twenties[1][2] to work as an English teacher after first visiting on business in 2005.[3] In 2015, he was one of twelve South Africans in China profiled by China Radio International.[4] He started uploading videos in China in 2007, and became a full-time vlogger in 2016.[5] His videos primarily focus on living in China.[1][2][6][7][8] Sometimes, he interviews people on topics considered controversial by Chinese standards.[5]

Sterzel has also made videos about motorcycle trips through China. With Matthew Tye and other friends, he has taken extended journeys and produced documentary series titled Conquering Southern China[9][10][11] and Conquering Northern China.[11] He and Tye operate the YouTube channel ADVChina.[citation needed] Sterzel was also co-founder of a small, China-based custom motorcycle business, Churchill Custom Motorcycles, no longer in business.[8] In late 2018, he indicated that a desire to create "positive content" about China and an encounter with Chinese government officials spurred him to move out of China.[12]


  1. ^ a b McGeary, Kevin (2014-06-05). "PRD People: Medical Trainer and Online Celebrity Winston Sterzel". The Nanfang. Retrieved 2017-03-19.
  2. ^ a b Ding, A (9 October 2017). "British YouTuber helps foreigners settle in China". Shenzhen Daily. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  3. ^ "My Chinese Life: Winston Sterzel--The Original China Vlogger" (with video). CRIEnglish. 21 May 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2018 – via
  4. ^ Kemp, Yunus (26 August 2015). "South Africans find home away from home in China". Xinhua. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  5. ^ a b Gidge, Sky (20 December 2016). "Take 5: YouTube Vlogger Winston Sterzel". That's Shenzhen. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  6. ^ Yuanyuan, Wang (8 June 2012). "British-South African telling people 'how China is'". Shenzhen Daily. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  7. ^ Rossman, Sean (4 May 2018). "Chinese are OK with Utah teen's controversial cheongsam prom dress". USA Today. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  8. ^ a b Roberts, Stephen O. (4 January 2015). "Custom Start-Up: Three Expats and A Two-Wheeled Dream". Here! Dongguan. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  9. ^ Gidge, Sky (14 January 2016). "Expat's video featured". Shenzhen Daily. Archived from the original on 10 May 2017.
  10. ^ Mullin, Kyle (20 August 2016). "Watch Two Crazy Vloggers Drive 5,000km Across Southern China on Handmade Motorcycles". The Beijinger. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  11. ^ a b Gidge, Sky (29 March 2017). "YouTube Stars Turn to Kickstarter for China Motorcycle Adventure Series". That's Guangzhou. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  12. ^ Everington, Keoni (20 November 2018). "'China's Golden Age is OVER': YouTuber SerpentZA". Taiwan News. Archived from the original on 28 July 2019. Retrieved 28 July 2019.

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