China palace Starbucks may close – Joe McDonald

From Associated Press, via Yahoo! News:

Managers of China’s vast Forbidden City palace are deciding whether to close a outlet on its grounds after protests led by a state TV personality, a news report said Thursday.

The Forbidden City, built in 1420, is a 178-acre complex of villas, chapels and gardens that was home to 24 emperors before the end of imperial rule in 1911. It is China’s top tourist attraction, drawing some 7 million visitors a year.

“The museum is working with Starbucks to find a solution by this June in response to the protests,” the official Xinhua News Agency quoted a palace spokesman, Feng Nai’en, as saying. [Full Text]

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