Lonely Planet Writer

Finger lickin' premiere: first KFC outlet now open in Tibet's capital city

Fast-food chain KFC has opened its first restaurant in Tibet.

KFC opens in Tibet.
KFC opens in Tibet. Image by Marufish / CC BY-SA 2.0

The new KFC store is located at the Times Square shopping centre (時代廣場) on Jinzhu Xilu in western Lhasa. The 500-square-metre restaurant served around 1000 customers on its first day – the number it expects to see on an average day. Menu items are slightly more expensive the same dishes at the 5000-odd KFC branches around mainland China, owing to the fact that most of the ingredients have to be flown in to the remote city. Critics, including the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, have said that the restaurant violates Tibetan Buddhist values because of the slaughter and eating of animals. However, Yum Brands Inc, KFC’s parent company in China, is confident that the branch will be popular with locals and tourists.

Read more: shanghaiist.com