Starbucks forbidden in Forbidden City

Starbucks forbidden in Forbidden City

starbucks forbidden city

Starbucks has closed a coffeehouse in China’s former imperial palace, the company said, ending a presence that prompted protests by Chinese critics who said it damaged a major historical site.

The controversy over Starbucks at the 587-year-old Forbidden City in Beijing has highlighted Chinese sensitivity about cultural symbols and unease over an influx of foreign popular culture.

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Katia Reed
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