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Winston Sterzel

Winston Sterzel (born 17 August 1980), also known by his YouTube pseudonym SerpentZA, is a British South-African vlogger and video producer based in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China.[1] Winston was born in Cape Town, South africa to British parents and describes himself as 'British South African'

Winston Sterzel
Personal information
Born (1980-08-17) August 17, 1980 (age 36)
Cape Town, South Africa
Nationality South African
Residence Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
Occupation Full-time YouTuber
Spouse(s) Sasha Hu (m. 2016)
Unnamed woman known by the pseudonym Beer Girl (m. 201215)
YouTube information
Channel SerpentZA, churchillcustoms
Years active 2008 - present
Genre China Vlogs
Subscribers 173K
Total views 29,602,222
Associated acts

Matthew Tye

ADV China (show with Matthew Tye)
Catchphrase(s) Stay Awesome!
Subscriber and view counts updated as of May 28, 2017 (2017-05-28).

Known for covering a variety of topics related to life in China, from a Westerner's perspective, Winston is one of several English language vloggers in China.[2] He is self described as the 'Original China vlogger' however no evidence has been put forward to confirm his claim.

After liquidating his assets, and leaving his home-town of Johannesburg, South Africa, Winston settled in Shenzhen where he has lived for over 10 years. Initially, Winston worked as a kindergarten teacher, gradually moving towards full-time vlogging after not having his teaching contract renewed, sometimes collaborating with fellow vlogger and friend Matthew Tye.[3] Together, Winston and Matthew have released a number of videos documenting their motorcycle trips through China, most notably their special Conquering Southern China.[4]

Sterzel started to make videos on YouTube in 2008 with a focus on motorcycle repairs. He started his China Vlogs in 2009, with the first videos specifically about Mainland China being about scams in Shanghai (December 2009). In 2016 Sterzel and Matthew Tye (laowhy86) made a documentary called 'Conquering Southern China' and in 2017 began a Kickstarter project as they want to fund another documentary 'Conquering Northern China'.[5]


  1. ^ "Winston on IMDb". 
  2. ^ "PRD People: English Teacher Winston Sterzel | The Nanfang". The Nanfang. 2014-06-05. Retrieved 2017-03-19. 
  3. ^ "#76 Winston Sterzel – Tales of business and adventure from the original China vlogger - | Advocating Expat Wellness". | Advocating Expat Wellness. 2015-03-11. Retrieved 2017-03-19. 
  4. ^ Sterzel, Winston; Tye, Matthew (2016-08-17), Conquering Southern China, retrieved 2017-03-19 
  5. ^ "YouTube Stars Turn to Kickstarter for China Motorcycle Adventure Series". That's Online. Retrieved 2017-04-24. 

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