Simon (18), Samuel (16), and Rebecca (13) Floris have been in Beijing almost three years now, and have since taken both the capital and the Western Academy of Beijing (WAB) by storm with their various creative and social endeavors. With their parents Lise and Francesco, they celebrate a mixed Italian and Danish heritage, but have spent much of their youth in Belgium, as their father works for the European Union. Also, you may already know Lise as she is a frequent contributor to the pages of beijingkids. As her, oldest son Simon is about to ship off stateside to the Savannah School of Art & Design (SCAD), we decided it was only fitting to give them one last sibling portrait together at their local hangout, Chaoyang Park. Check out below as the Floris kids spill the beans on some of their favorite things around town.
Favorite Spot to Relax
Friends’ houses, or just staying at home
Favorite Weekend Activity
Going to concerts at school, Dawn Dusk Club, or Temple
Favorite Chinese Food
We love this chuan’r restaurant near our school, and Beijing Duck
Favorite Non-Chinese Restaurant
Bottega, it’s the closest you can get to real Italian pizza in Beijing. For burgers we go to Blue Frog.
What song best describes your relationship with Beijing?
‘Loud City Song’ by Julia Holter
Adapted Chinese Culture
Riding a Mobike everywhere, and online shopping
UCCA or Red Brick Art Museum
Most Memorable Family Trip
Favorite Place to Shop
There are numerous, extremely expensive streetwear shops where my friends and I just ogle, but normally I just buy stuff around Gulou. Rebecca enjoys Solana.
Favorite Athletic Activity
Simon likes skateboarding with friends, and Rebecca enjoys gymnastics.
Photo: Uni You
This article appeared on p64 of the beijingkids September 2018 Teen Takeover issue