Reuters reports that The Forbidden City coffee shop has opened in the former Chinese imperial palace in Beijing. It replaces a Starbucks.
According to Reuters:
The Starbucks outlet opened in 2000 prompting a media backlash so severe that museum authorities considered revoking its lease after a couple of months. In recent years it had operated without the usual outdoor corporate Starbucks bunting.
A campaign for its closure began building early this year, when a television anchor complained that the U.S. chain’s presence at the symbolic heart of the Chinese nation was trampling on Chinese culture. It finally closed in July.