Would you like fries with your history?
By: Nina Golgowski
A historic villa once home to Taiwan’s former president, Chiang Ching-kuo,
opened its doors on Friday as a McDonald’s McCafe, The Guardian reported. But not everyone’s “lovin’ it.”
Chiang’s grandson, who briefly resided in the villa in 1948 with his father, Chinese nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek, is outraged over its commercialization.
“I don’t understand, opening a McDonald’s in the villa … how exactly does that adhere to regulations on correct usage of cultural heritage sites?” Demos Chiang wrote on China’s microblogging site, Weibo, according to the BBC.
The McDonald’s opened a month after part of the two-story lakeside home was converted into a Starbucks and more than a decade after Hangzhou city officials designated the property a cultural heritage site in 2003. [FULL STORY]