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Forbidden Starbucks

Posted on Sep 24, 2007
Starbucks in the Forbidden City

The Starbucks empire is often lampooned for its many, many stores, but the coffee giant has lost one of its most prominent locations. Responding to the demands of more than half a million citizens, the Chinese government closed down the Starbucks in the Forbidden City, the ancient imperial palace complex in the heart of Beijing.

While a coffee stand might not seem out of place in the Louvre, there was something truly bizarre (and approaching self-parody) about the sight of that familiar Starbucks decor in the middle of carefully preserved ancient Chinese atmosphere.

Coffee fans, fear not. Starbucks still has plans to colonize every other street corner in the world. Just kidding ... kind of.


The Starbucks outlet was forced to close in July, having long been accused of tarnishing the historical site.

The shop, which opened in 2000, sought to quell the protests two years ago by removing its distinctive signage.

But the move failed to satisfy its critics. An online campaign earlier this year led by a state television personality drew more than 500,000 signatures.

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By Conservative Yankee, September 25, 2007 at 2:31 pm Link to this comment
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Dad bought it as a summer place for 15k in the “SUMMER OF LOVE.”  Dad died last April, so now it’s mine… and the government’s. Brother got the family home in Westchester, and Sis got the house on Long Beach Island in Jersey.


Dad was never a “conservative anything” he was a Roosevelt Democrat to his dying day, and the only time he didn’t vote for the Democratic candidate was when he once voted for no one at all.

I guess the moral must be:

Be a liberal to acquire stuff, and a conservative to keep it!

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, September 25, 2007 at 2:03 pm Link to this comment

Hey Conservative Yankee, if owning a quarter-mile of frontage on a road on an island leading to an FDR estate is what being a Conservative Yankee gets you, then I’m switching my politics right now and moving back to the Boston area—maybe a little further north.  You gawddangconservatives have it all.  Good for you!!!!!

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By Frank, September 25, 2007 at 1:58 pm Link to this comment

Dr. Evil, responds to DennisD:

“All I asked for was a Starbucks in the Forbidden City and to have sharks with frickin’ laser beams attached to their heads! Is that so much to ask?”

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By RNM, September 25, 2007 at 7:03 am Link to this comment
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In fairness, I’ve been to the Starbucks in the Forbidden City and it was only recognizable as a Starbucks because of a sign. It was more of a gift shop for the Forbidden City.

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By Conservative Yankee, September 25, 2007 at 5:23 am Link to this comment
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“Starbucks tarnishes.”

I sure buy that…

My property has a quarter-mile of road frontage on a dead end road that leads to Campobello Island and the former Roosevelt summer estate.  Each week, the day before the trash man comes, I walk my road frontage picking up Burger King wrappers, McDonalds shake cups, and about a million Starbucks coffee containers. The real humorous part is that the closest Starbucks to me is 70 miles away, the nearest McDonald’s is 17 miles, and the nearest Burger King is 44 miles.

The enviornmental activists (the ones who have made it a crime for me to cut even a dead tree on my property without a permit) have not breathed a word against these purveyors of filth… I wish we had a government that would shut them down, or at least make them use reusable containers, but that would cost these business’ MONEY, and money is our new deity.

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By Verla Mae, September 25, 2007 at 3:51 am Link to this comment
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Good for the People in the Forbidden City.

Starbucks are getting to be like Trebbles on the Enterprise, with their 5-buck cups of free trade liquid gold. Give me a break. It’s just coffee. Some of those same beans went into the 95-cent cup of joe you can enjoy at the counter of the greasy spoon.

Coffee is not that critical to life, to where I need to have caffeine fix available on every other corner of every single metropolis in the known solar system. Besides, whenever I match all six numbers and make it to the Forbidden City, I really don’t want to see Starbucks there. I can see enough Starbucks under the Arch here in Saint Louis.

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By Outraged, September 25, 2007 at 12:05 am Link to this comment

Can we forbid this in America too?  At least in areas where we like to at least IMAGINE that this is not happening.  Like say, our national parks or maybe God forbid, every damn street corner in you happen to encounter!

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By DennisD, September 24, 2007 at 6:26 pm Link to this comment
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The Chinese complained that there wasn’t enough anti-freeze in their lattes.
Starbuck’s world domination has been pushed back a few months. Somewhere, Dr. Evil must be pretty pissed off.

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