Starbucks closes coffeehouse in Beijing’s Forbidden City

Shannon and I spent our honeymoon in China, stopping off first in Beijing. One of the first tourist sites we visited was the Forbidden City, and amazing, ancient complex of buildings that used to be the home of the Chinese Emperor.

It WAS a bit of a surprise to walk around the corner of one of the beautiful red buildings to find a Starbucks. It just didn’t seem to fit. Of course we eagerly bought our drinks, but somehow it was an uncomfortable fit to find this purveyor of expensive caffeinated beverages, a symbol of Western cookie-cutter consumerism, wedged into such a culturally significant site.

Anyway, it looks like it finally became a bit too much of a negative symbol for the Chinese, too, and the doors of Starbucks’ oddest little barrista-hole have finally shut.


2 thoughts on “Starbucks closes coffeehouse in Beijing’s Forbidden City”

  1. no they just have a coffe shop now the same thing really, but without the starbucks logo that stir hatred. Is it symbolism? By removing a logo, the green circle with a lady in it, then people’s hatred and boiled blood got calmed all in an instant.
    I think they furnished the place way t much. Considering the thing is so hundreds of years old, the paint nd everything is just unrealistically new and I don’t feel the history as I wanted anymore.
    Not a good place to reflect and all!

  2. Nowadays they either let commercial business operate inside historical sites (you know there’s a game you can play on great wall , they have electronic machines taken up up and down along the wall…search for it if you want to know further) or they turn every site into museums and make every site look the same by doing so- a receptionist and brochures etc

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