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SOEs, Rule of Law Among Hurdles for Clean Air Push

Beijing's acting mayor has announced an array of new measures to combat air pollution in the city, following heavy smog that seeped hundreds of points off the scale this month. From Xinhua: The capital will take 180,000 old...

China Asks: What's Eating the Forbidden City?

Caixin reports on the mounting structural disrepair of the Palace Museum and the mismanagement that may be to blame. A sense of dignified peace is what most visitors take away from China's 600-year-old royal palace, the...

Man Arrested over Forbidden City Break-in

When a number of precious objects on loan from a Hong Kong collector were stolen from the Forbidden City, the art world was taken by surprise that artwork in Beijing's major museum weren't more carefully guarded. Today Beijing...

Documentary: [Discovery] Seven Wonders of China

Discovery's documentary "7 Wonders of China" introduces Terracotta Army, Hanging Temple, the Great Wall, Shi Bao Zhai Temple, Mount Wudang, Leshan Buddha and the Forbidden City, via Youtube: Part One: Part Two: Part Three: Part...

Tempest in a Coffee Cup – Tim Johnson

China Rises and Shanghaiist blogs both discuss the new coffee shop that has replaced Starbucks in the Forbidden City, after the presence of Starbucks raised the hackles of a TV host and numerous bloggers. They also included a photo of the former Starbucks’ current look in the Forbidden City. For a more in-depth look at […]

Starbuck Leaves, the Forbidden City Cafe Arrives – Deng Haijian

From Hong Wang, translated by CDT: The Forbidden City’s Jiuqing Chaofang has once again been connected to coffee, as a new cafe has opened at the former site of Starbucks cafe. Seven years ago, when the American Starbucks company opened its coffee shop here, Jiuqing Chaofang became famous. Two months after Starbucks left, the Forbidden […]

Starbucks Closes Forbidden City Store – Melissa Allison

From The Seattle Times via Danwei: Starbucks closed its store in Beijing’s Forbidden City today after months of controversy over the U.S. coffee-shop chain doing business there. The decision followed the Forbidden City’s announcement that it wants to operate all stores inside the former imperial palace, which is now a museum. “We have respectfully decided […]

China Lawmaker Wants Forbidden City Free of Starbucks – Reuters

From Reuters: A member of China’s parliament has demanded the immediate closure of a Starbucks coffee shop set up inside Beijing’s Forbidden City, the Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday. Two months after a television host launched an online campaign to evict Starbucks Corp. from the former home of Chinese emperors, the seven-year-old store has […]

Starbucks faces Forbidden City ban – Mure Dickie

From The Financial Times: Starbucks could be banished from Beijing’s fabled Forbidden City amid complaints that the presence of the ubiquitous US coffee shop chain in the former imperial palace constitutes an “affront to Chinese culture”. China’s official media said on Thursday that a low-key Starbucks outlet near the rear of the sprawling Palace Museum […]

How Did Starbucks Enter The Forbidden City? – Luqiu Luwei

From Letters From China: Whereas CCTV host urges Starbucks to get out of the Forbidden City, Luqiu Luwei(Èóæ‰∏òÈú≤Ëñá), Phoenix TV reporter, asks in her blog: how did Starbucks enter the Forbidden City? (in translation): It seems to be a big story now. Of course, it is good to see people care about the protection of […]

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