McDonald’s China heritage outlet criticised

The opening of a McDonald’s outlet in the home of former Taiwanese leader Chiang Ching-kuo in Hangzhou, China has sparked a controversy.Conservationists had called for the villa, a cultural heritage ite, to be converted into a museum.But officials said the decision to lease it to McDonald’s was made because they needed to cover maintenance costs.Mr Chiang’s grandson and others have voiced their concern over the commercialisation of the site.McDonald’s opened the 100-seat McCafe in the lower storey of the villa, situated by the city’s West Lake tourist attraction, over the weekend.The upper storey, also leased out by officials, houses a Starbucks outlet which opened a month earlier.

Chiang Ching-Kuo is the son of revolutionary figure and Taiwanese leader Chiang Kai-shek, who fled to the island in 1949 after the Chinese Civil War.Chiang Ching-Kuo later become the leader of Taiwan in 1978.Chiang Ching-Kuo and his family stayed in the villa from October to November, 1948, and it was designated a cultural heritage site by Hangzhou officials in 2003.


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