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11. Posted by worldwideG (Respected Member 117 posts) 9y

Quoting oslaue

whats the big deal? all starbucks is...is a coffee shop!
if no one likes it then they dont have to drink there!

oslaue, it's not what starbucks is but what it represents i.e americanisation/westernisation. it is an american fast-food chain, if it was a chinese fast-food chain i'd be disappointed but not nearly as disgusted. have a read about the forbidden city and maybe you'd understand why so many people have called for it to be removed. this was once a place where the emporer of china lived and ruled, he'd be pretty pissed off to find an american coffee shop chain in his palace as i'm sure everyone else would be. don't forget that this city is called the forbidden city for good reason too, access to the city was restricted for a number of years.

12. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

mel - he probably worked for the british army too!!! ;)

13. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

shit-wrong comment went on the wrong forum.

worldwideG- yup you make a very good point.

14. Posted by flo jo (Respected Member 414 posts) 9y

I like the starbucks coffeeshop but i dont want to go there if am travelling overseas It´s the same for the macdonalds been next to the pyramids in Egypt.
I travel to see things i dont see in my country or discover the habits of the locals. Imagine having Mac donalds in a one of the pilar of the Eiffel Tower.

Flo

15. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting flo jo

I like the starbucks coffeeshop but i dont want to go there if am travelling overseas It´s the same for the macdonalds been next to the pyramids in Egypt.
Flo

Is there a McDonalds, next to the pyramids? That is just wierd. I would consider this visual pollution.

Mel

16. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

but what is funny is that the people who do complain are the very same people that use such services anyway...

17. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Quoting Mel.

Quoting flo jo

I like the starbucks coffeeshop but i dont want to go there if am travelling overseas It´s the same for the macdonalds been next to the pyramids in Egypt.
Flo

Is there a McDonalds, next to the pyramids? That is just wierd. I would consider this visual pollution.

Mel

I haven't seen it, and I was there in 2005. So it's rather new, or it's not true I don't know.

18. Posted by daphnemaia (Full Member 155 posts) 9y

worldwideG: i think you made a gd point there. the emperors would have turned in their graves by now, i guess. i'm quite convinced that they'll remove starbucks from the forbidden city soon, seeing as to how many chinese are enraged by this audacity, but as to when... my guess is just as good as yours.

19. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

Well, it's now done.

Starbucks Closes in Forbidden City on Friday.

Greg

20. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 9y

Quoting oslaue

whats the big deal? all starbucks is...is a coffee shop!
if no one likes it then they dont have to drink there!

Whats the big deal? Its like putting a gum on a silk kimono, a Mc.Donalds in Tibet, JA RULE in a Madonna single, Billboard, Huge mosque in Switzerlangd (which is not allowed in most parts of western europe).

Its pure basturdization of a cultural heritage. Something very common in Manila. We also have a starbucks inside one historical structure.