Hello Kitty fans might be the world's most spoiled travelers as the tourism industry seems determined to build a complete service chain out of that five-apple-tall bobtail cat.
Taiwan's Eva Air flies a fleet of five Hello Kitty airplanes. Dubai houses a posh Hello Kitty spa. Anji, a county some 220 kilometers southwest of Shanghai, is building a $200 million Hello Kitty theme park (scheduled to open in 2014).
And in Beijing, a Hello Kitty-themed restaurant is creating a lot of buzz.
'Couples come here to propose'
Located in an upmarket shopping mall in Sanlitun, Hello Kitty Dreams opened its doors to much fanfare in December last year.
According to the restaurant's staff, the Sanrio-licensed business is the first Hello Kitty-themed restaurant in Asia.
"When we first opened you had to book days in advance," says restaurant manager Ted Chen. "We were packed from when we opened at 11 a.m. everyday."
Read - Hello Kitty restaurant is terribly cute and its food just terrible
Me No likey cat hair in my shark fin soup. Just sayin'.
I'm not sure I could digest in a place like this, but it's a cute idea for those who enjoy ... cute.
I cant not understand the interest in Hello Kitty.
It's not even a cartoon or anything,like,no joy is derived from it.Is it some cult??
Is it stationary.Why would anyone other then giggly Asian women want to go here?
I hate to type this, but I must...
There are several Hello Kitty cartoons. We own quite a few.
Really? People flock to these restaurants? What do they have on their menu, fried kitty?
...and I just commented on the wrong story. Time to start drinkin'.
Every day is dark beer day.
They serve dark beer at teh Hello Kitty restaurant???
I know that's the only way I'd visit...
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