You Are Here – Rhodes

Even though we’ve just witnessed the release of the first BT mug outside of the Americas, YAH series is not over yet. This is Starbucks You Are Here – Rhodes mug from Greece.
Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands of Greece and is also the island group’s ancient capital. The island and the city have a rich historical past, which you can tell by its old buildings and monuments. Thanks to that and the great climate with long warm summers, it’s a very popular destination for tourists from all around the world.… Read more

You Are Here – Nantong

This is a new release from China, Starbucks You Are Here – Nantong mug.
Nantong is a city in Jiangsu province. It is located on the northern bank of the Yangtze River, near the river mouth. It was and remains an important port due to deep waters and canals. Interesting to note, that Nantong is getting further from the seashore year by year, due to the silt added by the Yangtze River to its delta.
– The front of the mug is occupied by the Sutong Yangtze River Bridge which connects Nantong and Changshu.… Read more

You Are Here – Sihanoukville

Starbucks You Are Here – Sihanoukville is the recent release for the YAH series from Cambodia. It seems the company still has a couple of aces up its sleeve. What caught my attention, though, it doesn’t seem that designers spelled the name of the city properly, namely, they used a space between “Sihanouk” and “ville”. I can’t find this way of spelling this city anywhere else, so it looks like an error to me. However don’t expect the “fixed” v2, as no one is going to release that at the twilight of the YAH series.… Read more

You Are Here – United Arab Emirates National Day 2019

Very much like adjacent country, UAE is getting its Holiday release – Starbucks You Are Here – United Arab Emirates National Day 2019 mug. As it states in the title, it has been released to commemorate UAE’s Union Day between the seven emirates which is celebrated annually on December 2.
The comparison picture of the regular and Holiday edition mugs below show that in order to accommodate the space for a longer title, which is also dubbed in Arabic, designers had to rearrange certain elements on the mug:
– The palm tree and the horse became smaller and moved further from the city skyline
– In order to fill the gap, the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel has moved from being on the right of other buildings to the left.… Read more

You Are Here – Tokyo

Starbucks never ceases to amaze me with its releases, that’s maybe why I keep collecting. This weekend brings us pictures of the brand new mug from Japan. We are used to multiple versions of Japan country mugs, representing different seasons, but this time it’s a city mug – Starbucks You Are Here – Tokyo!
This new design features the city skyline with Mount Fuji in the background. And while it’s about 50 miles between the city and mountain, you can still see the latter from certain spots in Tokyo, especially if you find yourself on the roof of the tall building.… Read more

You Are Here – Belfast

Starbucks You Are Here – Belfast was expected to be released along with Northern Ireland mug, but got delayed. It only gets to stores this week and we can review it.
Here are points of inspiration Starbucks artists used when creating the design of this mug:
– Belfast Castle, one of the city’s most famous landmarks. It is located on the hill and offers great views of the city. It is mostly used as a wedding reception site and events venue now.… Read more

You Are Here – Mianyang

Starbucks You Are Here – Mianyang is a city mug from Sichuan Province in Southwest China.
Here are some places worth visiting:
– The Yuewang Tower was built during the Tang Dynasty by Emperor Gaozong. The best part it has a deck which allows you to see a panorama of the city, which is especially good at night when the surrounding buildings are lit in different colors (some kind of lighting show).
– Ape King Cave (Jiuhuang Mountain) – is one of the largest karst cave systems in the whole of China.… Read more

You Are Here – Hengyang

Here is the mug for the second-largest city in Hunan Province, Starbucks You Are Here – Hengyang. It is designed using a peaceful green palette with elements of nature in general and a few historic buildings on its sides.
I believe they placed Heng Shan on the back of the mug, which is the mountain range 93 mi long with 72 peaks in it.
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You Are Here – Luzhou

I am adding more China mugs in an express mode in anticipation of the Holiday season. This is Starbucks You Are Here – Luzhou which comes from Sichuan province. Luzhou was an important port on the Yangtze River since ancient times. It was also known for winemaking since the Song Dynasty. The liquor industry still remains a major part of the Luzhou economy. It is worth mentioning that, the city is home for Luzhou Laojiao Company Limited, which is a producer of Luzhou Laojiao liqueur, a baijiu that has a strong aroma of fermented peaches.… Read more

You Are Here – Leshan

Starbucks You Are Here – Leshan is another mug from China. Leshan, formerly known as Jiading, is a city located at the confluence of the Dadu and Min rivers in the Province of Sichuan.
– It seems Starbucks has placed Mount Emei on the front of the mug, which is one of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains of China. It is known for the Leshan Giant Buddha (233 ft tall statue) that have been carved here from stone between 713 and 803.… Read more

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