Been There – Hangzhou

Starbucks Been There Hangzhou is a mug for the capital of Zhejiang province in eastern China. It is a city steeped in history and cultural significance. Renowned for its stunning West Lake, Hangzhou has been a center of culture, politics, and economy since ancient times. It was famously described by the Venetian traveler Marco Polo as “the finest and most splendid city in the world.” During the Southern Song Dynasty (1127–1279), Hangzhou served as the imperial capital, fostering a golden age of art, literature, and commerce.… Read more

Been There – Guangzhou

Much like most of the Chinese mugs from this series, Starbucks Been There – Guangzhou is an older release that I had no chance to review just yet.

Guangzhou is one of the oldest cities in the country. Its origins date back over 2,200 years to the Qin Dynasty, when it was established as a trading port. It became a crucial hub during the Tang and Song Dynasties, connecting China to the Maritime Silk Road and facilitating cultural and commercial exchanges with Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and beyond.… Read more

Been There – Wuhan

Been There – Wuhan is a mug for the capital of Hubei province in central China, with a history dating back over 3,500 years. Originally a series of three towns—Wuchang, Hankou, and Hanyang—it became a pivotal site for trade and transportation due to its strategic location at the confluence of the Yangtze and Han rivers. Throughout Chinese history, Wuhan has been a center of political and military significance, notably during the 1911 Wuchang Uprising, which played a crucial role in the downfall of the Qing Dynasty and the establishment of the Republic of China.… Read more

Been There – Xi’an

Here is Been There – Xi’an mug for one of China’s oldest cities, a vibrant historical epicenter of the country. Once known as Chang’an, it was the capital for several of China’s most significant dynasties, including the Zhou, Qin, Han, and Tang. This city’s historical prominence is epitomized by the famed Terracotta Army, which guards the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. Xi’an was also the eastern terminus of the Silk Road, facilitating cultural, commercial, and technological exchanges between East and West for centuries.… Read more

Been There – Chengdu

Been There – Chengdu is the mug for the capital of Sichuan Province in southwestern China, boasts a rich historical legacy dating back over 4,000 years. As one of the cradles of Chinese civilization, it was a significant cultural and political center during the ancient Shu Kingdom, long before the Qin dynasty unified China. Archaeological discoveries, such as the Jinsha Site, have unearthed artifacts that testify to Chengdu’s ancient prosperity and cultural richness. During the Han dynasty, Chengdu was known as a major hub of commerce and industry, particularly noted for its production of brocade, which earned it the nickname “Brocade City.” Throughout the Tang and Song dynasties, Chengdu continued to flourish as a cultural and literary center, contributing significantly to Chinese poetry and art.… Read more

Been There – Xiamen

Starbucks Been There – Xiamen is a mug for a coastal city in southeastern China. Historically known as Amoy, it emerged as a vital port during the Song Dynasty, flourishing through maritime trade. The city played a significant role during the Ming Dynasty as a defense base against pirates and later as a key site during the First Opium War. Its colonial legacy is evident in the Gulangyu Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site, reflecting a blend of Western and Eastern architectural styles.… Read more

Been There – Shenzhen

Starbucks Been There – Shenzhen is a mug for a city, located in southern China, that has transformed itself from a small fishing village into a global technological hub. Known as the “Silicon Valley of China,” Shenzhen is home to numerous tech giants and startups, attracting innovators and entrepreneurs from around the world. With its stunning skyline, modern architecture, and bustling streets, the city offers a unique blend of tradition and modernity. Shenzhen is also renowned for its shopping destinations, cultural attractions, and diverse culinary scene.… Read more

Been There – Beijing

Starbucks Been There – Beijing is a mug for the capital of the People’s Republic of China and one of the world’s largest cities, encompassing an area of approximately 6,500 square miles. With a population exceeding 21 million people, it stands as China’s second-most populous city, serving as a bustling hub of culture, politics, and innovation.
Beijing boasts a rich history dating back over three millennia. Originally known as Ji, it became a prominent city during the Zhou Dynasty (1046–256 BCE).… Read more

Been There – China

Starbucks Been There – China is probably the best-looking mug from this series that I’ve seen. The designers did a great job while using bright red and shiny gold colors. This, however, comes with the inconvenience of not being able to use it in the microwave or dishwasher. Please note, that there are dozens of Been There city mugs from China that I will be adding soon, stay tuned!

There are many symbols and points of interest from China that can be seen on the mug.… Read more

Mainland China Been There ornaments

What you see is the picture of the brand new Been There Ornaments released for Mainland China. There are thirteen cities and one country ornament revealed so far. The city ones match the design and the color palette of the bigger mugs (I reviewed them in my previous post). The country ornament, however, is special in at least two ways. First, there is no matching bigger mug for it, at least for now. And the second distinctive feature is the use of gold colors in the design.… Read more

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