Yes, we know how chains and franchises (by the way, we're employing the terms loosely here, not in the strictest business operations sense of the word) ruin the world by gentrifying its every once-exotic corner.

It's true, there's not only a McDonald's in the middle of Israel's Negev Desert, there's one outside the gates of the infamous prison at Guantanamo Bay. (Though we're sort of impressed with the one just beneath the Communist Museum in Prague.)

But sometimes on the road -- maybe more often than we'd like to admit -- it's not so much about a place where everybody knows your name as it is about a place where you already know theirs.

Based on the hard miles that led the CNN Travel staff to where they are today (namely, like you, sitting at a computer wishing they were somewhere else), here's our list of favorite chains, franchises, blessedly familiar stops and "thank God there's a place where I know they've got a clean toilet" oases in unfamiliar places.

No 2. Din Tai Fung
Country of origin: Taiwan
Why we love it: Transparent dumpling skin allows us to assess ingredients inside.

Why its logo is easier to remember than what we're all supposed to be calling Taiwan these days: Proving that oil doesn't always lead to an abundance of riches, Din Tai Fung started as a cooking oils store that didn't find true success until half the store was converted to the production of xiaolongbao (small steamed buns) in 1972.

With more than 70 restaurants in 11 countries and customers complaining about hour-long waits at most of them, Din Tai Fung has taken something simple and turned it sublime.

Quality recognition: The restaurant's two Hong Kong locations have each received one Michelin star.

report by CNN

世界走向地球村,跨國連鎖企業不斷出現,美國有線電視新聞網(CNN)旅遊網站今天選出對遊客而言,全球最佳的連鎖商店或企業,台灣的鼎泰豐名列第2。

CNN旅遊網站指出,大家都知道跨國性的連鎖企業在世界上的影響力,例如麥當勞在以色列的尼格夫沙漠中有分店,在古巴關達那摩灣監獄旁也有,CNN旅遊網站列出了他們最喜歡的20家連鎖商店與企業。

來自於台灣的鼎泰豐在名單中高居第2,CNN認為,鼎泰豐餃子透明的外皮,讓他們可以看透內餡,同時從賣油起家的鼎泰豐,生意可說並非很好,直到1972年,鼎泰豐開始以一半的店面販售著名的小籠包開始。

CNN強調,目前鼎泰豐在全球11個國家有超過70家餐廳,其中絕大多數都必須排上1個小時的隊才能品嘗美食,而在香港的兩家鼎泰豐更是米其林一星的餐館。

這20家全球性連鎖商店或企業,都赫赫有名,排名第1的就是從美國起源的7-ELEVEn便利商店,目前在全美已有超過7700家,在日本更超過1萬5000家。



儘次於7-ELEVEn與鼎泰豐的則是速食業代表麥當勞,而連鎖咖啡店星巴克緊追在後,5到10名分別是四季飯店、摩斯漢堡、無印良品、肯德基炸雞、宜家家居(IKEA)與墨西哥的兒童遊樂場KidZania(台灣則是京華城的Baby Boss)。

另外入榜的還有DFS免稅店、希爾頓飯店、三明治專賣店Subway、加拿大連鎖咖啡店Tim Hortons、歐洲租車公司Europcar、英國瑪莎百貨、美國速食中餐貓熊快遞(Panda Express)、英國連鎖日式拉麵店Wagamama、澳美客牛排館(Outback)與美國肉桂捲專賣店Cinnabon。

by 中央社記者吳協昌