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Starbucks in a cultural heritage site?

Starbucks opening a new coffee store near the Lingyin Temple, a famous Buddhist monastery in Hangzhou, capital of East China's Zhejiang province, has sparked a heated debate online with many critics calling it a second "cultural invasion". Should Starbucks be allowed in China's cultural heritage sites?



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Yes. It is simply another coffee shop cashing in on an increasing number of foreign tourists. Or as a tourist attraction Lingyin Temple has already sold out to commercialism.

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No. It's a clash of cultures to allow a famous Western brand to open near one of China's most traditional religious sites. Starbucks should be expelled and its cultural heritage maintained.

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