First of all- yes, there was a Starbucks in Beijing’s Forbidden City.
Fortunately, there was a Starbucks in Beijing’s Forbidden City. It’s gone now after huge protests.
Says the BBC:
Starbucks, which has nearly 200 outlets in China, opened the Forbidden City shop seven years ago and removed its brand sign two years ago to address cultural sensitivities.
Here’s what it looks like on Google Maps. Yeah, no Starbucks inside 600 year old monuments. Sorry.