Saturday, April 21, 2007

Starbucks in the Forbidden City

On my recent trip to Beijing, I heard about a minor contreversey. It seems that Starbucks, the American chain of upscale coffee shops was allowed to open one of its coffee shops in the Forbidden City. Apparently, a fair number of Chinese felt that a foreign company had no business being in business on the grounds of their national landmark. It isn't obvious, but the Forbidden City Starbucks is below. If you click on the picture to get the larger image, you should be able to make out all the people with coffee cups in their hands. I guess not everyone is that upset of about it.

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