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21. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 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.
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

Mcdonalds in the Eiffel Tower, well they atleast serve French fries.
Im shock to learn that a starbucks was really present in the forbidden city. TRAGIC!!!

22. Posted by qin (Budding Member 10 posts) 9y

The fact is it has been removed in July. Many Chinese don't think it's a big deal before someone made it a big deal publicly. It was considered as a mistake and now the mistake has been corrected.

The Forbidden City remains as the same with or without Starbucks. If you have a chance to visit there, don't forget to take a look at corner Pavilions from outside, across the moat. Northwest one is the best, the most photogenic.

23. Posted by catwong (Budding Member 49 posts) 9y

Well .. I have to agree with worldwideG.

For goodness sake, forbidden city is a graveyard to the ancient emperors and empress.
I think basically the chinese in China has a big mentality problem where MONEY is GOD. That is the mistake that puts Starbucks in forbidden city . As far as money comes, anything can be done.
They lack so much respect of their own identity and culture until someone sensible like Mr. Rui voiced out such degrading act.
I mean it's very important to maintain our own culture and identity.

I see it in the thai ppl. We know that Thai ppl pride in keeping their country from being colonized and cherish their culture alot.
When I was in the King's Palace, even taking picture in the garden was forbidden.
This is because they believe that the soul of ancient kings are still present and must be respected.

For those who wanna drink starbucks coffee... why not support the local hawker instead of making life much difficult for the chinese over there.
U can have tons of starbucks at high street or back in your own country.
Pls support the locals by buying their product , not imported ones.!!!

24. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 9y

Seems to be making a mountain out of a molehill, or to be more culturally correct, making a tiger's penis out of a cardboard-stuffed dumpling.
A coffee shop of whatever brand in the Forbidden City is scarcely a cultural crime compared to the Taliban destroying the the 2,000 year old Buddhist statues in the Bamiyan Valley.
Starbucks probably shouldn't have been there but let's get it into perspective.

I would find the 1989 massacre in Tiananmen Square far more degrading that some shop flogging coffee and pastries.

25. Posted by sunicol (Full Member 93 posts) 9y

Personally, I think it's a joke to have major branded stores of any kind in such cultural sites. YES, of course there has to be refreshments etc but should be in keeping with the surroundings and thank heavens it's now closed. I couldn't believe the amount of branded fast foodie type chains around asia (not that we're much better in Ireland :( )and we kept expecting starbucks to be on the wall when we got there so opted for remote parts just in case ;) !!!

26. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1837 posts) 9y

Quoting catwong

I see it in the thai ppl. We know that Thai ppl pride in keeping their country from being colonized and cherish their culture alot.
When I was in the King's Palace, even taking picture in the garden was forbidden.
This is because they believe that the soul of ancient kings are still present and must be respected.

Thats true Catwong!! I feel so proud now!!

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