Lise Floris

Lise Poulsen Floris is a Danish EU official turned blogger and freelance contributor. Since leaving her native Denmark in 1998, she has lived in Italy and Belgium before moving to China with her family. She writes about life and aims to tell 'the big story in a small story'. In addition to SCMP, her work has been published by Global Times, Beijingkids Magazine and Point of View International.
Lise Floris
Lise Poulsen Floris is a Danish EU official turned blogger and freelance contributor. Since leaving her native Denmark in 1998, she has lived in Italy and Belgium before moving to China with her family. She writes about life and aims to tell 'the big story in a small story'. In addition to SCMP, her work has been published by Global Times, Beijingkids Magazine and Point of View International.

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Ayahuasca in Asia: Amazonian hallucinogenic plant medicine finds following in the East despite shady status

The hallucinogenic plant, that is smoked or made into a brew, is outlawed in most parts of the world. Despite this, shamans are using it in spiritual healing ceremonies in Asia for those who know where to look.

12 Mar 2019 - 6:04AM
Ayahuasca in Asia: Amazonian hallucinogenic plant medicine finds following in the East despite shady status

The hallucinogenic plant, that is smoked or made into a brew, is outlawed in most parts of the world. Despite this, shamans are using it in spiritual healing ceremonies in Asia for those who know where to look.

Drag queens of Beijing strut their stuff while they can, fearing a Chinese government crackdown

A gay bar in Beijing’s Chaoyang district hosts fortnightly drag queen shows, where the likes of Lola Du Jour, Krystal de Canteur and Elizabeth Stride perform their racy routines – for now; they fear a Chinese government crackdown.

17 Feb 2019 - 8:43PM
Drag queens of Beijing strut their stuff while they can, fearing a Chinese government crackdown

A gay bar in Beijing’s Chaoyang district hosts fortnightly drag queen shows, where the likes of Lola Du Jour, Krystal de Canteur and Elizabeth Stride perform their racy routines – for now; they fear a Chinese government crackdown.

The Hong Kong ultrarunner giving disabled children the chance to race – and even cross a desert

Hong Kong’s Steve Lo Chun-yin set up Wheel for Oneness to allow people from different backgrounds with different abilities to run as a team. Last year, 45 volunteers and two children completed the 100km Gobi Desert Ultra.

7 Feb 2019 - 6:27PM
The Hong Kong ultrarunner giving disabled children the chance to race – and even cross a desert

Hong Kong’s Steve Lo Chun-yin set up Wheel for Oneness to allow people from different backgrounds with different abilities to run as a team. Last year, 45 volunteers and two children completed the 100km Gobi Desert Ultra.

How 25-year-old became first foreign woman to swim from China to Hainan
  • Lauren Tininenko has been a keen swimmer and sportswoman all her life. After moving to Shanghai, she started coaching a swimming team and recently signed up for the cross-strait swim.
12 Jan 2019 - 8:42PM
How 25-year-old became first foreign woman to swim from China to Hainan
  • Lauren Tininenko has been a keen swimmer and sportswoman all her life. After moving to Shanghai, she started coaching a swimming team and recently signed up for the cross-strait swim.
New gym model for China: HIIT for retirees, no mirrors and no loud music – it’s a Danish import

Loop Fitness is shaking up China’s gym model with no mirrors, no loud music and a welcoming environment for all ages. The company has had to adjust its modest business model to be attractive in the Chinese market

18 Dec 2018 - 8:15PM
New gym model for China: HIIT for retirees, no mirrors and no loud music – it’s a Danish import

Loop Fitness is shaking up China’s gym model with no mirrors, no loud music and a welcoming environment for all ages. The company has had to adjust its modest business model to be attractive in the Chinese market

Teen who drank alcohol freely in China has a shock in US, where legal drinking age is 21

Arguments abound that setting the US legal drinking age to 21 has pushed youth alcohol consumption underground into riskier settings. Compare this to China, where kids as young as 14 flock to bars and nightclubs.

12 Nov 2018 - 6:56PM
Teen who drank alcohol freely in China has a shock in US, where legal drinking age is 21

Arguments abound that setting the US legal drinking age to 21 has pushed youth alcohol consumption underground into riskier settings. Compare this to China, where kids as young as 14 flock to bars and nightclubs.

World Mental Health Day 2018: how husband helped wife fight severe depression

Enoch Li was diagnosed with depression in 2009. Ahead of World Mental Health Day 2018, husband Tim Coghlan tells how, with his help and through therapy, she overcame it and the relapses that followed, and the impact her illness had on him

10 Oct 2018 - 2:22AM
World Mental Health Day 2018: how husband helped wife fight severe depression

Enoch Li was diagnosed with depression in 2009. Ahead of World Mental Health Day 2018, husband Tim Coghlan tells how, with his help and through therapy, she overcame it and the relapses that followed, and the impact her illness had on him

Badminton women’s doubles star on her vegan diet and why China is so close to her heart

Australian Gronya Somerville, who cut meat out of her diet after turning pro, might wear the yellow Aussie T-shirt when winning titles, but has a Chinese father and is a descendant of a prominent Chinese scholar.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
Badminton women’s doubles star on her vegan diet and why China is so close to her heart

Australian Gronya Somerville, who cut meat out of her diet after turning pro, might wear the yellow Aussie T-shirt when winning titles, but has a Chinese father and is a descendant of a prominent Chinese scholar.

Canadian Arctic cost ultrarunner his feet and 9 fingers, lost to frostbite, but he’s not called The Tough One for nothing

They call him The Tough One, and no wonder: Roberto Zanda got lost in a Canadian Arctic winter, and it cost him nine fingers and both feet, but unbowed, he’s walking again on prosthetic legs and signed up to run an African ultramarathon.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
Canadian Arctic cost ultrarunner his feet and 9 fingers, lost to frostbite, but he’s not called The Tough One for nothing

They call him The Tough One, and no wonder: Roberto Zanda got lost in a Canadian Arctic winter, and it cost him nine fingers and both feet, but unbowed, he’s walking again on prosthetic legs and signed up to run an African ultramarathon.

Trail races in remote parts of China make expats ambassadors for their area, and pay them for the pleasure

The faces on the starting line have become familiar for overseas runners invited to race in obscure parts of China to help promote tourism. Another group of runners, Africans on short-term visas, are in it for the money.

29 Jul 2018 - 8:25PM
Trail races in remote parts of China make expats ambassadors for their area, and pay them for the pleasure

The faces on the starting line have become familiar for overseas runners invited to race in obscure parts of China to help promote tourism. Another group of runners, Africans on short-term visas, are in it for the money.

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