China’s Toilet Revolution

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016
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Beijing, a city where internet connections are unstable and public toilets have had for many years a reputation for being unhygienic, has announced that it will build 100 public toilets with free wi-fi service.

The toilets, which for now will be built in two districts, Tongzhou and Fangshan, will also have be equipped with ATMs, mobile phones and electric vehicle-charging devices, Ji Yang, an official at the Beijing Municipal Commission of City Administration and Environment, said.

Each toilet will cost around 50,000 yuan (about $A9990) and is part of the program called “the toilet revolution”.

The program aims to renew old and unhygienic toilets in the Chinese capital.

Facilities for disabled people and urinals for children will also be installed in the current public toilets as a part of the revolution.

Beijing has already launched programs to renovate its public toilets on four occasions: in 1965, 1989, 1994 and 2002.

As of now, there is one public toilet for every 1700 Beijing residents, slightly higher than the national standard of one public toilet per 2500 people.

There are no public toilets in some traditional areas of the Chinese capital.

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