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Ex-president's home is now a McDonald's restaurant

One McDonald's residential appearance provides the first clue it is not just a typical fast-food chain.

In fact, the new restaurant in China has presidential roots, having once served as a home for Taiwan's former president Chiang Ching-kuo, The Guardian reports.

Pedestrians walk past a fastfood restaurant of McDonald's, which was the former Kuomintang leader Chiang Ching-kuo's former residence, in Hangzhou city, east China's Zhejiang province, 15 November 2015.
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Pedestrians walk past a fastfood restaurant of McDonald's, which was the former Kuomintang leader Chiang Ching-kuo's former residence, in Hangzhou city, east China's Zhejiang province, 15 November 2015.

The restaurant, which opened Friday, has already drawn some criticism on microblobbing site Weibo.

"McDonald's has the deepest respect for the heritage and culture of the communities where we operate; we are part of these communities," McDonald's spokeswoman Becca Hary told CNBC in an email. "When McDonald's China took over the site, we also took over the commitment to preserve its heritage. Since then, we have been working with relevant authorities and architects to ensure the conservation of the villa's structure and style. We remain committed to its protection while providing a convenient spot for tourists to rest and enjoy the surrounding environment."

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To read the full Guardian report, click here.