Lian Yingcheng wants to record his life with videos. PROVIDED TO TEENS
“I want my video to record my most authentic high school memory and that of everyone in China who has gone through gaokao,” said Lian Yingcheng, 20, a student from Shenzhen University. The 18-minute vlog of his three-year high school life got over 1 million views on Bilibili.
However, Lian said that he didn’t expect this video to go viral at all when he was making it. “I have loved using videos to record my life for a long time and post vlogs from time to time on my Bilibili channel ‘Mark_Lian’,” Lian said. “The idea of this long vlog has been in my mind since I started high school.”
Throughout the three years of high school life, Lian’s camera went everywhere. No matter if it was a tug-of-war activity, before a big exam, or simply just a Tuesday noon when everyone was running toward the canteen, Lian was always there to capture the reactions of him and his classmates. “I didn’t want to deliberately design any scene,” he said. That’s why his video is more like a documentary.
With Lian’s narration in the background, the video tells the story of an ordinary high school boy who struggles to fight gaokao, constantly questioning himself and rebuilding his confidence. The friendship between him and his classmates, the resilience through difficulties and his broad outlook after failure are all reflected in the scenes and his vivid words. “The original idea in my mind was to tell an inspirational, encouraging story of gaokao, but then my gaokao result didn’t turn out that well. After dealing with the pain, I realized that accepting failure and regrets is a more important lesson to learn than ‘getting my wish’,” Lian said.
People in the comment section expressed how much they could relate to the delicate emotions in the video. Some said that Lian did something they couldn’t do. “I realized that this means more than just recording my life and thoughts,” Lian said. “I want to keep on running this channel, to touch and warm more people in the future.”